States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|June 7, 2011||
NEW LONDON MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WHEELER JOHNSON, 27, of New London, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a southeastern Connecticut drug trafficking organization.
This matter stems from a joint law enforcement investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Connecticut State Police, Norwich Police Department, Groton Town Police Department, New London Police Department, Waterford Police Department, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Correction and Office of Adult Probation. The nine-month investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of cocaine and crack cocaine, and physical surveillance. The investigation revealed that, in 2009, Lamont Muller and others were involved in the distribution of large amounts of cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana in southeastern Connecticut. During the course of the investigation, investigators learned that JOHNSON supplied cocaine to members of the drug trafficking ring.
JOHNSON was arrested on October 30, 2009. On that date, law enforcement officers conducted a search of JOHNSON’s vehicle and located a hidden compartment, or “trap,” within the car. Inside the compartment, agents found and seized approximately 1.2 kilograms of cocaine and $10,000 in cash. Agents also subsequently seized approximately $50,000 in jewelry and watches from a safety deposit box maintained my JOHNSON.
JOHNSON has been detained since his arrest.
On September 24, 2010, JOHNSON pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. On that same date, Lamont Muller, also known as “Dell,” pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of cocaine base and a quantity of marijuana and oxycodone. On March 30, 2011, Muller was sentenced to 135 months of imprisonment.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Sarah P. Karwan and Anthony P. Kaplan.
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