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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2022

Southeastern Connecticut Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison for Gun and Drug Offenses

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DWAYNE JOHNSON, 46, of Norwich, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kari A. Dooley in Bridgeport to 130 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for gun and drug offenses.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 14, 2017, Johnson, who had previously been convicted of several felony offenses and was prohibited from possessing firearms, possessed two 12 gauge shotguns, shotgun shells, and quantities of cocaine and marijuana.  On June 5, 2018, as part of an overdose death investigation, members of the Waterford and Town of Groton Police Departments executed a state search warrant at Johnson’s former residence in Waterford and seized approximately 200 grams of fentanyl, approximately 100 grams of cocaine, smaller quantities of crack cocaine and heroin, items used to process and package narcotics, 24 cell phones, more than $11,000 in cash, and a loaded .45 caliber handgun.

On May 20, 2019, Johnson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a controlled substance.

On August 20, 2019, while he was on released on bond, Johnson was arrested by officers from the Norwich Police Department after a shooting occurred at Johnson’s Norwich residence.  A related search of the residence revealed approximately 105 grams of cocaine and a quantity of fentanyl.  Johnson has been detained since that date.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Town of Groton, Norwich and Waterford Police Departments.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia Stolfi Collins and Natasha Freismuth.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Opioids
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
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Updated October 7, 2022