U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger Dec. 16 sentenced Jackie Lee Rattler, 55, of Cherokee, to 108 months in prison on drug trafficking conspiracy charges, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins.
Rattler was also ordered to serve three years under court supervision upon completion of his prison term.
Tompkins was joined in making the announcement by John S. Comer, acting special agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, which oversees North Carolina; Charles Addington, deputy associate director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Drug Enforcement; Chief Ben Reed of the Cherokee Indian Police Department; Jackson County Sheriff Chip Hall; Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran; and Graham County Sheriff Mickey Anderson.
According to filed court documents and proceedings Dec. 16, Rattler and his co-defendants were involved in the trafficking of narcotics, including oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana and alprazolam in Swain and Jackson counties. At the sentencing hearing, Rattler was found to be accountable for trafficking 477.20 grams of oxycodone, 3.05 kilograms of marijuana and 56.2 grams of cocaine.
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