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Jefferson City Man Sentenced for Distributing Heroin

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Jefferson City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for distributing heroin.


Xavier Deprey Johnson, 32, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.


On April 27, 2015, Johnson pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.


On July 30, 2013, Johnson distributed $100 of heroin to another person, who distributed it to an informant working with law enforcement. On Aug. 27, 2013, Johnson possessed heroin with the intent to distribute it to another person. This heroin was discovered during the execution of a search warrant at his girlfriend’s apartment.


According to court documents, Johnson admitted to law enforcement officers that he distributed hundreds of grams of heroin per month between June 2013 and August 2013. Johnson estimated that he distributed between 540 to 810 grams during that time.


This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jefferson City, Mo., Police Department.

Updated November 4, 2015

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