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Las Vegas Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Distributing Thousands Of Fentanyl Pills

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

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas resident was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Judge Gloria M. Navarro to 10 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release for distributing large quantities of fentanyl pills in Las Vegas.

According to court documents, Alphaeus Johnson (38) conspired with others to distribute fentanyl in Las Vegas. On March 21, 2022, he sold approximately 500 fentanyl pills in exchange for money. Then, in April on two separate occasions, he sold a combined total of approximately 4,000 fentanyl pills in exchange for money. Between April 29, 2022 and May 2, 2022, Johnson traveled to Arizona to be resupplied with fentanyl pills and on May 2, 2022, was stopped by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detectives while he was traveling to Las Vegas from Arizona. During the traffic stop, law enforcement discovered approximately 10,000 fentanyl pills in Johnson’s possession.

In October 2023, Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

United States Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Kevin Adams for the DEA Las Vegas District Office made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the DEA and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Melanee Smith prosecuted the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles criminal organizations using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

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Updated January 24, 2024

Drug Trafficking