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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 14, 2022

Texas Parolee Sentenced to 10 years in Cocaine Conspiracy

United States Attorney Jan W. Sharp announced that Isaac Johnson, 52, of Texas, who was on parole for a drug offense in Houston, was sentenced on February 14, 2022, for conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.  Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Johnson to 120 months’ imprisonment and an 8-year term of supervised release following his release from the Bureau of Prisons.  There is no parole in the federal system.  On November 4, 2021, Johnson was found guilty by a jury following a trial in his case.

Between October 2017 and February 17, 2019, Johnson would drive from Houston to Omaha to supply cocaine to co-defendants Anthony Moore and Robert Harris-Hearnes, both local cocaine distributors for a drug trafficking organization (DTO).  Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation intercepted communications between the conspirators in a court authorized wiretap.  Those intercepts revealed a planned meeting in which Johnson would resupply the DTO with additional cocaine. Agents monitored ongoing communication, tracked Johnson’s cell phone and tracked his location.  This evidence culminated in the simultaneous execution of three separate search warrants executed on February 17, 2019.  Johnson’s vehicle was stopped by law enforcement as it arrived at Moore’s Omaha home.  Hidden within a door panel to Johnson’s vehicle was more than one half pound of powder cocaine.  Additional powder cocaine, several thousand dollars in currency, a money counter, drug scales, packaging, and cutting agents were also found within Moore’s home.  Narcotics, firearms, and currency from additional searches paired with wiretap evidence of the cocaine conspiracy established a wide-ranging organization responsible for the distribution of kilograms of cocaine. 

On December 17, 2020, Harris-Hearnes was sentenced to 7-10 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. On June 21, 2021, Anthony Moore was sentenced to 60 months for conspiracy to distribute cocaine to be followed by 4 years supervised release. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, and Omaha Police Department and was part of an operation by the Greater Omaha Safe Streets Task Force. 

Updated February 16, 2022