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Susquehanna County Man Sentenced To Six Years’ Imprisonment For Methamphetamine Trafficking

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

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Clifford Johnson, age 59, of Franklin Township, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on November 8, 2023, by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, to six years’ imprisonment on the charges of distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Johnson previously pleaded guilty and admitted to distributing and conspiring with others to distribute between 500 and 1500 grams of high-quality crystal methamphetamine in the Susquehanna County area between August 2019 and April 2020.  Investigators made three separate purchases of crystal methamphetamine from Johnson and then obtained a search warrant for Johnson’s residence in Susquehanna County where an additional amount of crystal methamphetamine was seized.

The charges against the defendant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara 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 November 9, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking