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Huntington Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/16/13 @ 10:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man was sentenced Monday to 14 years in fedeal prison for selling crack cocaine, according to information from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.

Michael Lashawn Johnson, 34, also known as “Spank,” was sentenced by Chief U.S. Judge Robert C. Chambers. Johnson previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Johnson sold crack cocaine during a conspiracy that began as early as 2006. During the scheme, Johnson obtained crack cocaine and powder cocaine from Columbus and brought it back to Huntington to sell. Johnson was a frequent source of supply of crack cocaine to other drug dealers in and around Huntington.

On Dec. 6, 2010, Johnson’s vehicle was stopped along Ohio 104 by troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. During the traffic stop, an Ohio Highway Patrol police dog performed a search on the defendant’s vehicle. The vehicle search revealed $33,000 in cash. On April 13, 2011, members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force used a confidential informant to conduct a controlled purchase of crack cocaine from Johnson.

The defendant later sold 10.9 grams of crack cocaine to the police informant in exchange for $700. On Feb. 7, 2013, an arrest warrant was issued for Johnson. Police arrested Johnson at his Huntington residence. At the time of his arrest, police also found items consistent with the production of crack cocaine inside Johnson’s residence, along with a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

In total, Johnson is responsible for distributing approximately 2 kilograms of crack cocaine.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/18/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A Huntington man faces 10 years to life in a federal prison after pleading guilty Monday to drug distribution charges.

Michael Lashawn Johnson, 34, also known as “Spank,” pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine during a hearing in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors say in April 2011, Johnson sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant with the Huntington Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

In February of this year, an arrest warrant was issued for Johnson. Members of the Huntington Drug Task Force arrested Johnson at his residence. Not only did he have crack cocaine in his possession, but also items used to make crack cocaine and a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Prosecutors say Johnson began selling crack cocaine as early as 2006. They say during the scheme, Johnson brought crack cocaine or powder cocaine from Columbus and sold it in Huntington. They also say Johnson was a frequent source of crack cocaine for other drug dealers in and around Huntington.

On April 29, 2006, the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop of Johnson’s vehicle in Jackson County, Ohio and found 515 grams of cocaine in the vehicle.

Johnson and an associate were later convicted of a felony drug violation.

On December 6, 2010, Johnson’s vehicle was stopped along State Route 104 by members of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. During a search, $33,000 in cash was found.

In total, prosecutors say Johnson is responsible for distributing approximately two kilograms of crack cocaine.

Johnson will be sentenced in September.


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