Oklahoma Highway Patrol Traffic Stop Results
In Total Of 35 Years Of Prison For St. Louis Men
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Yesterday, two convicted felons stopped during a routine traffic stop on the Turner Turnpike were sentenced to a total of 35 years in prison for having 11 kilograms of cocaine in their vehicle, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. JULIUS LEE TURRENTINE, 47, from St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. JIMMIE EUGENE JOHNSON, 40, also of St. Louis, was sentenced to 15 years and 1 month in prison after pleading guilty to the same cocaine conspiracy charge on February 9, 2012.
Turrentine was found guilty after a two-day jury trial in March 2012. According to evidence at trial, on November 23, 2011, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper stopped Turrentine and Johnson for a traffic violation on the Turner Turnpike near Stroud, Oklahoma. The trooper later called for a K-9 unit to sniff the vehicle, and the dog alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. While searching under the vehicle’s hood, troopers found approximately 11 kilograms (or approximately 24 pounds) of cocaine hidden in a natural void between the firewall and the engine compartment.
In addition to a prison term, United States District Judge Joe Heaton ordered Turrentine to serve ten years of supervised release following his release from custody. Johnson was ordered to serve five years of supervised release after his prison term.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andre’ B. Caldwell and Chris M. Stephens.