Fugitive Leader of Drug Trafficking Operation Sentenced to Thirty Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Cocaine into Southern Illinois
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Franklin J. Johnson, 33, and his wife, Deanna A. Johnson, 32, both of Centralia, Illinois, were sentenced today to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for the commission of methamphetamine related crimes. Franklin Johnson was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison, 4 years’ supervised release, an $800 fine, and a $400 special assessment. Deanna Johnson was sentenced to 77 months in federal prison, 4 years’ supervised release, a $600 fine, and a $300 special assessment. Supervised release follows service of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system.
The Johnsons’ sentences follow their guilty pleas on July 30, 2015, to an Indictment returned against them by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014. The Johnsons were both charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine, Distribution of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Chemicals, Products and Materials with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine. The Conspiracy operated from January 2014, through August 13, 2014, in Clinton and Marion Counties. The remaining crimes took place in Marion County. The Johnsons have been in custody, held without bond, since their arrests on January 8, 2015.
Information leading to the charges against Franklin and Deanna Johnson was obtained in an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kit Morrissey.