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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Wyoming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sentencings for April 21 - April 27, 2016

Jose Martinez-Barrios, 43, of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on April 27, 2016, for illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Martinez-Barrios was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received time served, plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment, and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

James Edward Johnston, 57, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on April 25, 2016, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Johnston was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received 156 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years or supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $500.00. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Brandon Keith Kern, 30, of Crawford, Nebraska, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on April 21, 2016, for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Kern was arrested in Sidney, Nebraska. He received 103 months imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $400.00. This case results from an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) joint investigation conducted by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Immigration
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Updated April 28, 2016