Lawson to serve 12 years

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Federal prosecutors charged the man with conspiring to sell methamphetamine.

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter


ROANOKE — An Austinville man will serve more than 12 years in federal prison for an illegal drug deal, according to a sentence handed down July 8.
Jason Matthew Lawson, 33, entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine before U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad on March 29, according to court records.
Lawson was indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2010, along with four others, on charges related to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of meth, a schedule II drug.
Conrad sentenced Lawson to 151 months in a federal prison, as well as a fine of $1,000.
This was more than 2.5 years more than co-defendent Kevin Ray Keller, 27, of Galax received.
The court dismissed a second charge against Lawson at the sentencing hearing, one that accused him of possession of meth with the intent to distribute.
Conrad ordered that Lawson receive appropriate drug treatment while he’s in prison and that the man be lodged in the federal prison as close as possible to his home community.
Lawson must now submit to drug testing under supervision of his parole officer.
Lawson won’t be allowed to own firearms or other weapons and he’s subject to warrantless search and seizures.