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Drug dealer gets 25 year sentence

by Tim Tedeschi - ttedeschi@chronicle-tribune.com

A Marion man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in jail with 5 additional years probation for charges related to dealing narcotics and methamphetamine.

James Monteze Johnson, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in a narcotic drug, 10 grams or more, a Level 2 felony, two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, 10 grams or more, both Level 2 felonies, and one count of corrupt business influence, a Level 5 felony, on Sept. 24, according to court records.

As part of the plea agreement, one count of maintaining a common nuisance, a Level 6 felony, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, were dismissed, the plea agreement states.

A probable cause affidavit states Johnson knowingly possessed at least 10 grams of heroin with intent to deliver around Jan. 23, 2018. Around the same time, Johnson is said to have possessed 5-10 grams of methamphetamine and to have intentionally delivered at least 10 grams of methamphetamine, records state.

The affidavit states Johnson intentionally received proceeds “directly or indirectly derived from a pattern of racketeering activity” and used the proceeds “to acquire an interest in property or to establish or to operate an enterprise,” which led to the count of corrupt business influence.

On Monday, Grant County Superior Court 1 Judge Jeffrey D. Todd sentenced Johnson to 25 years in jail with 5 years suspended for the three Level 2 felony counts and 12 years in jail for the Level 5 felony count. Both sentences will be served concurrently, court documents state.

Todd had previously sentenced Johnson in August to 5 years and 180 days in jail with a little less than 3 years of jail credit after he was found guilty by a jury on one count of possession of a narcotic drug, less than 5 grams (Level 5 felony).

The jury found Johnson not guilty of one count of dealing in cocaine manufacture or delivery (Level 2 felony) and one count of dealing in marijuana (Level 6 felony), court documents state.

Johnson will serve the new sentence consecutively after completing his first sentence, according to court records.