A defendant in an undercover drug deal involving a federal inmate received a 10-year prison sentence following her guilty plea in Jones County Superior Court.
Jeannie Lynn Dickens entered her plea May 20 and was sentenced to 30 years for the lesser-included offense of trafficking methamphetamine more than 28 grams but less than 200 grams with the first 10 years served in confinement. The remainder of sentence to be served on probation.
Dickens was arrested Feb. 4, 2020, with codefendant Dustin M. Thompson and charged with trafficking in cocaine. Dickens and Thompson were indicted on the charges Oct. 7, 2020, with Jonathan Corey Daniel.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin prosecuted the case and Dickens was represented by public defender Tom O’Donnell.
Baskin told the court in the plea proceeding that undercover investigators made contact with Daniel, who it turned out was in prison. A delivery of meth was arranged, which resulted in the arrest of Dickens and Thompson.
The prosecutor said 785.65 grams of meth were delivered to Jones County, which placed the defendants in the top tier for drug trafficking. Baskin said because Dickens cooperated in the investigation, she was allowed to plea to the lower tier of trafficking.
The higher tier carries a mandatory 25 years to serve. The trafficking sentence does, however, include a mandatory $200,000 fine.
The plea was accepted by Superior Court Judge Terry Massey.
Thompson entered his guilty plea April 8 and received a straight sentence of 20 years in prison with credit for time served.
Baskin said Daniel remains in federal custody.