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Archive for Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Jury convicts defendant in KCK drug trial

August 13, 2003

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— Jurors have convicted a father who was charged with distributing about $26 million worth of crack cocaine, with help from his two children and several others, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren said.

Donald Johnson Sr., 54, of Kansas City, Kan., was convicted Monday of conspiracy, distributing crack cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine.

According to trial testimony, Johnson was one of seven people charged in January 2003 after authorities conducted a six-month drug investigation into the distribution of large quantities of cocaine, which were delivered from Texas to the Kansas City, Kan., area.

He faces at least 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 3.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case against Johnson's daughter, Sherie Johnson, 27, of Kansas City, Kan. A retrial in her case is set for next month.

Johnson's son, Donald Johnson Jr., 32, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty last month for his role in the conspiracy and faces at least 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 29. Two other co-defendants also pleaded guilty earlier this summer to drug charges and are awaiting sentencing Sept. 29.

Another co-defendant, Victor Sanabria-Adame, 29, of Juarez, Mexico, was sentenced on July 14 to 24 months in federal prison, without parole, followed by two years of supervised release. The truck driver is to be deported upon completion of his sentence. The court also ordered the forfeiture of $233,715 and a Freightliner tractor.

Co-defendant Ignacio Murillo is a fugitive after skipping out on his bond.

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