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CHARLESTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Stephen Trent Johnson, 41, of Charleston, was sentenced today to 71 months in prison by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston for possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  Johnson pleaded guilty in May.  The defendant admitted that on June 14, 2010, he sold 2.78 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) in Charleston.  Johnson further admitted to agreeing to sell the informant 40 grams of crack cocaine.  Officers subsequently placed the defendant under arrest at the Taco Bell restaurant in Charleston on an outstanding warrant.  A search incident to arrest revealed 37.3 grams of crack cocaine in the defendant’s pocket.  Johnson admitted that he intended to distribute the crack to the confidential informant.  

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon handled the prosecution. 


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