News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2009
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Georgetown Men Convicted of Heroin Conspiracy

DEC 15 -- Columbia, South Carolina - United States Attorney W. Walter Wilkins stated that David Brown, age 63, and Rufus Johnson, age 45, both of Georgetown, South Carolina, were convicted by a federal jury last week in Charleston for the offenses of conspiracy to distribute heroin, as well as possessing and distributing heroin.  Chief United States District Judge David C. Norton presided over the jury trial and will sentence both men at a later date.  Both Brown and Johnson face a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Evidence presented during the three-day trial established that since 2007, Brown and Johnson were members of a drug trafficking organization that obtained heroin from New Jersey and New York, and distributed the drugs in the Georgetown area.  

On at least five occasions, Brown distributed the heroin himself, or directed and aided others to do so.  Johnson likewise distributed heroin on at least two occasions.  Authorities used confidential informants and surveillance to gather evidence against the men. 

The investigation of this drug organization lasted over a year and involved more than 40 monitored purchases of heroin from co-conspirators, resulting in the indictment of 11 defendants, including Brown and Johnson.  Ten defendants have been convicted so far, with the final defendant awaiting trial.

The case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, which included agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgetown Police Department, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Charleston Police Department. The United States Marshals Service also assisted in this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Peter T. Phillips of the Charleston office handled the case.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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