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U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island

June 23, 2011



PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Two Rhode Island men were sentenced Thursday in federal district court in Providence for conspiring to possess and distribute crack cocaine, and distributing crack cocaine. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi sentenced Keishon Johnson, 21, of Warwick, to 72 months in federal prison followed by 5 years supervised release; and Keywion Brown, 21, of Providence, to 71 months in federal prison followed by 5 years supervised release.

The sentences were announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The defendants pleaded guilty in November 2009 to one count of conspiracy to possess 50 grams or more of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and one count of distribution of 50 grams or more of crack cocaine; two counts of distribution of more than 5 grams of crack cocaine; one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than 5 grams of crack cocaine; and two counts of distribution of less than 5 grams of crack cocaine.

According to court documents and information presented to the court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose, ATF agents made numerous undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Johnson and Brown between November 5, 2008 and May 12, 2009.  The purchases ranged from approximately one gram to approximately twenty grams of crack cocaine. In total, agents purchased nearly 64 grams of crack cocaine.

Information presented to the court also detailed that the undercover investigation was terminated when, during an arranged purchase of 20 grams of crack cocaine, Brown wanted the undercover agents to smoke crack cocaine in his presence to show their sincerity. The agents left without doing so.   
Providence Police assisted in the investigation.


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