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Brewer Woman Pleads Guilty to Heroin and Crack Trafficking and Gun Charges

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

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Lynda Johnson, 30, of Brewer, Maine, pled guilty in U.S. District Court  to possession with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack,” and heroin and  being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. 

According to court records, on April 18, 2018, the defendant was found in possession of crack and heroin, a .380 caliber pistol and about $6,300 in cash following a car stop by police. An ensuing search of her Brewer residence let to the seizure of a .22 caliber derringer, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.  A second search of her vehicle led to the seizure of crack and heroin that had not been discovered during the initial search of the vehicle. The defendant was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition as the result of felony drug and aggravated assault convictions in Maine.

On the drug charge, the defendant faces between 10 years and life, an $8,000,000 fine, and between eight years and life on supervised release.  On the gun charge, the defendant faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to a three years of supervised release.  She will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the Brewer Police Department, with assistance provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office assisted with the prosecution.  This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.


Joel B. Casey
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Updated December 10, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses