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Lancaster County Man Sentenced To 140 Months’ Imprisonment For Trafficking Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on April 3, 2024, United States District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson sentenced Brian Johnson, age 43, of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to 140 months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.  Johnson had previously pleaded guilty to this offense.  Judge Wilson also ordered Johnson to serve three years on supervised release after the conclusion of his prison sentence. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Johnson and three co-conspirators who have also pleaded guilty distributed hundreds of grams of methamphetamine in Lancaster and Dauphin Counties between September 2020 and August 2021, operating primarily out of Columbia Borough.  Johnson began selling large quantities of methamphetamine to another co-conspirator in September 2020, when Johnson was living in Philadelphia.  Johnson then relocated to Columbia Borough in early 2021, and continued trafficking substantial quantities of methamphetamine until he was arrested on August 30, 2021.  By the time he was sentenced, Johnson had at least eight previous convictions for other criminal offenses, including drug trafficking, assault, and unlawful firearms possession. 

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police, the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, and the York County Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Christian T. Haugsby prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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Updated April 4, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking