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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Monday, August 15, 2011

Charlottesville Man Sentenced On Drug Charge

Roderick Lee Johnson Will Serve 120 Months

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA -- A local man, who previously pled guilty to possessing powder cocaine, was sentenced this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to more than 100 months in Federal prison.

Roderick Lee Johnson, 57, of Charlottesville, previously pled guilty to one count of possessing with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of powder cocaine. This morning he was sentenced to 120 months in prison and eight years of supervised release thereafter.

“Mr. Johnson has been justly punished for his role drug business that operated in Charlottesville for several years,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “The drug problem in this country is a threat to public health. We must meet that threat with both strong enforcement and viable prevention and drug treatment. Our office will continue to work to find both front and back end solutions to this vexing problem.”

Johnson was charged in January 2011 after an investigation lead authorities to believe the defendant was involved in drug trafficking. During the execution of a search warrant at Johnson’s residence, investigators discovered over half a kilogram of powder cocaine.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Jefferson Area Drug Task Force, Albemarle County Police Department and the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Ron Huber and Special Assistant United States Attorney Elliott Casey of the Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office are prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated April 15, 2015