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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Binghamton Man Enters Guilty Plea to Drug Trafficking and Gun Possession

Calvin Johnson Pleads Guilty At Start of Trial

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Calvin Johnson, age 42, of Binghamton, entered a guilty plea yesterday to a two-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm by a felon, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), City of Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski. and New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II. Johnson pled guilty as jury selection was about to begin in his trial in Syracuse, New York.

In pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances, Johnson admitted that from September of 2009 through March 26, 2014, he and co-conspirators Saquan Johnson, Courtney Douglas, Lamont Clemons, Leslie Hughes, and Gerald Norfleet, were members of a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in Broome County, New York.  The defendant and the others conspired to acquire cocaine base (crack cocaine), cocaine, marijuana, and heroin from New York City and then transported these to the Binghamton, New York area for storage and local distribution.

As part of his guilty plea, Johnson admitted that he personally distributed 2,000 grams of cocaine base (crack cocaine), 6 kilograms or more of cocaine, 1,500 kilograms or more of marihuana, and 200 grams or more of heroin. Johnson also pled guilty to possessing a Ruger 9mm Model P95 firearm with an obliterated serial number as a felon.     

Sentencing is scheduled for August 16, 2018 in Syracuse.  The parties have jointly recommend the Court impose a sentence of 420 months (35 years) imprisonment, and a 10-year term of supervised release.  

This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York State Police (NYSP), Binghamton Police Department, Broome County Sheriff’s Department, and the Johnson City Police Department.  The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
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Updated April 10, 2018