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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Arkansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 25, 2021

El Dorado Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Federal Prison For Drug Trafficking

El Dorado, Arkansas – David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that, Justin Dewayne Johnson, 30, of El Dorado, was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin. The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing, in the United States District Court’s El Dorado Division.

According to court records, on December 22, 2019, at approximately 12:50 AM, an officer with the El Dorado Police Department was driving behind a black 2006 Honda Accord operated by Johnson. After establishing probable cause, the officer attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his emergency blue lights.  After a vehicle pursuit resulting in Johnson wrecking the vehicle and fleeing on foot, he was apprehended and arrested by officers.  A search of the vehicles trunk resulted in officers locating approximately 414.5 grams of heroin. 

Johnson was indicted by a federal grand jury in March of 2020 and entered a guilty plea in August of 2020.

This case was investigated by the El Dorado Police Department and the FBI.  Assistant United States Attorney Graham Jones prosecuted the case for the Western District of Arkansas.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated February 25, 2021