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CAMAS MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DRUG AND WEAPONS CHARGES
Repeat offender found with methamphetamine, heroin and guns in bedroom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2006

PATRICK DAVID JOHNSON, 21, of Camas, Washington, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison and five years of supervised release for Possession with intent to distribute Heroin and Methamphetamine, being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.

JOHNSON was arrested November 24, 2004, when Camas Police officers served a warrant at the home where JOHNSON was living. In JOHNSON’s bedroom officers found two loaded semi-automatic pistols, about seven ounces of methamphetamine and an ounce of heroin. Officers also found scales, packaging materials, and records related to drug dealing. The case was adopted federally in late January 2005, and JOHNSON pleaded guilty to the charges August 11, 2005.

JOHNSON has two prior felony convictions which bar him from possessing a firearm. In October 2002, he was convicted in Clark County, Washington, of Possession of Methamphetamine. In July 2003, he was convicted in Clark County of Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

JOHNSON was prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Unveiled by President George W. Bush in May 2001, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a comprehensive and strategic approach to gun law enforcement. PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking both new and existing local programs that target gun crime and then providing them with the resources and tools they need to succeed. Implementation at the local level -- in this case, in Clark County -- has fostered close partnerships between federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement.

The case was investigated by the Camas Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory A. Gruber.

For additional information contact Gregory Gruber at (253) 428-3800.

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