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Atlanta Man Sentenced for Violating the Federal Controlled Substances Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JONATHAN JOHNSON, age 32,  a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk to one-hundred fifty (150) months’ imprisonment, eight (8) years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee after pleading guilty to a one-count indictment that charged him with possession with intent to distribute fifty (50) grams or more of methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, On March 31, 2021, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies patrolling Highway 1 in Thibodaux, Louisiana observed a white Mercedes four-door sedan traveling south with tinted windows that appeared to violate state law.  The deputies executed a traffic stop of the vehicle and identified the driver as JOHNSON.  The deputies checked JOHNSON’s license and learned that his license was suspended.  The deputies requested assistance at the scene.  As the deputies approached JOHNSON, they observed JOHNSON open the driver’s door of the vehicle and discard three hundred (300) grams of pure crystal methamphetamine onto the ground from a clear plastic bag.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney André Jones.

Updated June 29, 2022

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