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Huntington man gets decade for drug, gun crimes

February 4, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man was sentenced to serve more than a decade in federal prison Monday for charges alleging he distributed meth in Huntington and illegally possessed firearms while doing so.

Jonathan Forest Johnson, 31, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime before U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers.

Chambers sentenced him Monday to serve 10 years and 11 months in federal prison.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, the case against Johnson started when a confidential informant contacted Johnson on Jan. 29 to arrange the purchase of methamphetamine. Johnson told the informant to meet him in the parking lot of a department store in the 3000 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington where Johnson sold the informant 15 grams of crystal meth in exchange for $330.

Police executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home in the 3400 block of 5th Avenue in Huntington on Feb. 2. During the investigation, officers seized a number of items including 17 grams of heroin, 4.5 grams of meth, two 9mm pistols, a .40 caliber pistol, a .22 caliber rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 16 gauge shotgun. Johnson and Casey Marie Porter were arrested as a result, and Johnson admitted he intended to sell the heroin and meth found inside the home. Johnson further admitted he possessed the firearms to serve as protection during the drug sales.

At his plea hearing, Johnson also admitted he had previously sold an additional 15 grams to an informant Jan. 31 and had been selling drugs from the home for at least two months.

Johnson is prohibited from possessing the seized firearms because of multiple prior felony convictions in Cabell County, including counts of first-degree robbery and malicious wounding.

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