Washington, DC- Lamont Johnson, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 35 years in prison on federal charges of conspiring to traffic in large quantities of Phencyclidine (PCP) and related narcotics and firearms offenses.
Johnson was found guilty by a jury in February 2020, following a trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, of the conspiracy charge, as well as charges of possessing with the intent to distribute large quantities of PCP, possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. He was sentenced on Dec. 15, 2021, by the Honorable Thomas F. Hogan.
Johnson was arrested in October 2017 following an extensive law enforcement investigation into violence and drug trafficking in areas of Southeast Washington, including the 16th Street, W Street, and Good Hope Road area. He has been in custody ever since. The government’s evidence included wiretaps, search warrants, GPS trackers, and undercover purchases of narcotics. Johnson was the main supplier of PCP to a drug trafficking ring that was indicted in an eight-defendants 55-count indictment.
Johnson bought gallon-quantities of PCP from West Coast suppliers, and he redistributed the PCP to other PCP suppliers in DC. The evidence established that Johnson used threats and intimidation in his PCP trafficking operation, including with an AR-15 assault rifle that was seized from him along with over a kilogram of PCP and related drug trafficking paraphernalia.
During the investigation, federal law enforcement officers seized approximately 2.5 kilograms of PCP; ¼ kilogram of heroin; ½ kilogram of cocaine; 50 grams of crack cocaine base; assorted drug trafficking paraphernalia; and firearms, including Johnson’s AR-15 assault rifle, laser scopes, ammunition, and high-capacity magazines.
This investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). Agencies participating in the task force are the U.S. Park Police, the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the ATF’s Washington Field Division, the Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Prince George’s County Police Department. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation. The OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. See: www.justice.gov/OCDETF for additional information.
DC – US Attorney- Press release: https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/district-man-sentenced-35-years-prison-pcp-trafficking-conspiracy-and-firearms-charges