ELYRIA, Ohio — Terry Jackson Sr., a 50-year-old Elyria man who authorities have labeled a “career offender,” will spend the next 21.5 years in prison after being convicted of multiple charges – including possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine base (crack) and methamphetamine.
The sentence against Jackson was handed down Thursday.
Authorities began an investigation in February of 2019 “after receiving information that Jackson was distributing drugs out of an Elyria-area motel room.”
“As a result, investigators conducted a controlled buy from Jackson and purchased a quantity of cocaine base (crack) from him,” according to a press release from the Department of Justice. “Shortly after, investigators obtained and executed a search warrant for the hotel room where Jackson was staying.”
After investigators say they “encountered Jackson alone in the room,” authorities reportedly seized fentanyl, cocaine base (crack) and methamphetamine.
He was then arrested.
“Jackson was classified as a career offender during the sentencing hearing due to multiple prior felony convictions, including drug trafficking and felonious assault,” the Department of Justice noted. “A career offender is an individual that commits either a crime of violence or a controlled substance offense after two prior felony convictions for either a crime of violence or a controlled substance offense.”
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