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MONDAY - December 15, 2008


NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on December 11, 2008, ANTWAINE TACOMA JOHNSON, 30, of Littleton, North Carolina, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 183 months in federal prison for his participation in a drug trafficking conspiracy in and around Halifax and Nash Counties, North Carolina. JOHNSON pled guilty on June 2, 2008, to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of cocaine base (crack). JOHNSON has been in federal custody since May 2008.

This case was the result of a joint investigation between the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. According to the investigation, in May 2007, JOHNSON distributed more than 100 grams of cocaine base (crack) to an individual then cooperating with law enforcement, and then in August 2007, JOHNSON was the subject of a buy-bust operation during which he was found to be in possession of more than 65 grams of cocaine base (crack), 124.5 grams of counterfeit cocaine base (crack), 40.3 grams of marijuana, and 2.3 grams of cocaine powder. The investigation further revealed that JOHNSON was responsible for the distribution of more than four hundred (400) grams of cocaine base (crack) and more than 3,000 grams of marijuana. JOHNSON had numerous prior convictions related to drug distribution dating back to 1999, including felony possession of marijuana, two convictions for possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

Mr. Holding commented, “I want to commend the work of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, and the SBI. Only through cooperative efforts like this are we able to attack drug traffickers in our local communities.”

Assistant United States Attorneys Brian Meyers and Josh Royster served as the prosecutors for the government.


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