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December 15, 2011

DERRICK JOHNSON, age 36, from Reserve, Louisiana, was sentenced by U. S. District Court Judge Lance M. Africk to 70 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to two violations of the Federal Controlled Substances Act involving conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, on or about March 31, 2010, JOHNSON and two other co-defendants, CLIFTON NICHOLSON and JARVIS QUIN JACKSON, conspired to retrieve a kilogram of cocaine hydrochloride from a hidden location in Lacombe, Louisiana. Unbeknownst to JOHNSON, a confidential source had tipped off law enforcement authorities to the plan and all three men were arrested shortly after taking possession of the kilogram of cocaine. In addition to incarceration, Judge Africk also sentenced the defendant to five (5) years of supervised release after he is released from prison.

This investigation was investigated by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward J. Rivera of the Violent Crime Unit.

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