U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
August 2, 2012
Federal Probation Violator Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison on Drug Charges, Probation Violation
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Eean Johnson, 32, of North Providence, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison on drug charges and for violating terms of his probation on a previous federal firearm conviction, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Johnson pleaded guilty on May 17, 2012, to one count each of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith sentenced Johnson to 48 months in federal prison on the drug charges, and a consecutive sentence of 12 months in federal prison for violating the terms of his probation. Johnson was on supervised release on a previous federal firearm conviction at the time of his most recent arrest in November 2011.
According to information presented to the court, Johnson was arrested by Providence Police on November 11, 2011, during a routine motor vehicle stop. The car Johnson was driving was stopped by police when it was noticed that the vehicle did not have an inspection sticker.
According to information presented to the court, as officers approached the vehicle they detected a strong odor of marijuana. Johnson, who was driving the vehicle, admitted to police that he had been smoking a marijuana cigar, which police noticed in Johnson’s hand. After ordering Johnson out of the car and placing him under arrest, they discovered three large clear plastic bags containing cocaine base and cocaine powder in a jacket pocket along with $660 in cash.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein.
Providence Police conducted the investigation, with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration.