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Violent Drug Dealer Gets More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

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

NEW BERN, N.C. – Naulege Johnson, 24, of Wilmington, was sentenced to 121 months in prison for distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He pled guilty to the charge on October 4, 2022.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on July 8, 2021, Johnson sold 32 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent in Brunswick County, North Carolina.  On July 14, 2021, Johnson sold more than 100 grams of actual methamphetamine to the same agent at the same location and more than 160 grams of actual methamphetamine on July 22, 2021. The investigation revealed that Johnson had been validated a member of the United Blood Nation by law enforcement.

Johnson has prior convictions for possession of a stolen firearm (2017) and possession with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell heroin (2020). He was on probation for the heroin charge at the time he committed the current offense.  Johnson also has a pending First-Degree Murder charge in New Hanover County.    

This is part of “Operation Golfer” which is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launders, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriffs’ Office investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Severo and Gabe Diaz prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:22-CR-00028-FL.


Updated February 14, 2023

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