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Highlands man sentenced in federal court for Jackson County drug arrest

A 2020 arrest in Jackson County resolved in court this week when Donald Lee Dowdle, 42, of Highlands, NC was sentenced in United States District Court to a term of 92 months after pleading guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Dowdle encountered deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at a motor vehicle checking station on Fisher Creek Road on January 30, 2020 where deputies seized methamphetamines and marijuana from the truck Dowdle was operating.

Dowdle is a registered sex offender and prior to his incarceration in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he was most recently registered in Macon County.

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