- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Gulfport man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy that used a Diamondhead home as storage for drug proceeds.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1SVRS18) U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced Charles Earl Johnson on a guilty plea earlier this week. The judge also fined Johnson $2,000 and ordered five years’ probation upon his release from prison.

Johnson is the last of four defendants sentenced in the case, in which DEA agents followed them from the Dairy Queen in Diamondhead to a home on April 17, 2008.

Prosecutors say DEA agents seized nearly $400,000 that day in drug money from one of the defendants’ vehicles.

According to court records, the money was payment for 15 kilos of cocaine.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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