Cairo Man Convicted On Gun And Drug Charges
Montarico C. Johnson, 32, of Cairo, Illinois, was convicted in federal district court on
June 26, 2012, following a two day jury trial, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the
Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
Johnson was convicted of one count of distribution of crack cocaine and one count of being
a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Evidence at trial showed that on February 18, 2010,
Johnson (who is a convicted felon) sold both crack cocaine and a firearm to a confidential source
working with law enforcement.
Sentencing for Johnson has been set for September 27, 2012, in United States District Court
in Benton, Illinois. Johnson is in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending his
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Illinois State Police.
The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney George Norwood.