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WEDNESDAY - August 13, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced BENJAMIN JESTEEN JOHNSON, a/k/a “BJ”, 28, of New Bern, North Carolina, to 273 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.

A federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Information on October 3, 2007.On December 14, 2007, JOHNSON pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (crack). The investigation revealed that JOHNSON was a significant distributor of cocaine and cocaine base in the New Bern, North Carolina area from July, 2002, to December, 2007.

“Crack cocaine is a destructive force in North Carolina’s small cities, just as it is in metropolitan areas,” said United States Attorney Holding. “Getting dealers like this off the streets helps all the people of New Bern.

This case is part of an Eastforce case entitled Fresh Start in which JOHNSON and his co-conspirators were responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine. The investigation is ongoing.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the New Bern Police Department Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Royster served as prosecutor for the government.


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