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District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Armed Crack Cocaine Trafficker Sentenced

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Marcus E. Johnson, 44, of Fall River, Mass., was sentenced on Wednesday to 92 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and trafficking crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI.

At sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., also ordered Johnson to serve 4 years supervised release upon completion of his prison term. Johnson, arrested by members of the R.I. FBI Safe Streets Task Force on March 26, 2014, pleaded guilty on February 1, 2016, to one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

At the time of his guilty plea, Johnson admitted to the court that on October 25, 2013, he sold a .22 caliber handgun to an individual working on behalf of the FBI Safe Street Task Force for $600. Additionally, Johnson admitted to the court that between August 30, 2013, and March 3, 2014, he sold at total of 150.89 grams of crack cocaine to an individual working on behalf of the FBI Safe Street Task Force in exchange for $7,300.

Johnson has been detained in federal custody since his arrest on March 26, 2014.

Providence Police assisted the R.I. FBI Safe Streets Task Force in the investigation of this matter.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly, Jr.

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Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
Updated May 26, 2016