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Jefferson County Man Guilty of Drug Trafficking

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

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

 BEAUMONT, Texas – A 36-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Jonathan Van Johnson pleaded guilty on Mar. 18, 2014, to possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine (PCP) and was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

            According to information presented in court, on May 21, 2013, law enforcement officers executing search warrants at Johnson’s residence in Beaumont discovered approximately 536 grams of PCP, as well as additional drugs and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking activities.  The search of Johnson’s residence and his arrest was the result of an investigation into illegal drug activity in the area.  Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 6, 2013 and charged with drug trafficking violations.

           This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.

Updated March 17, 2015