Man Sentenced To 72 Months, Forced To Forfeit Properties For Distributing Marijuana And Cocaine


A 50-year-old man was sentenced to six years in prison for distributing marijuana and cocaine.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, James E. Johnston, otherwise known as Monk, was sentenced to 72 months in prison, five years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine and was ordered to forfeit three real estate properties.

In December, Johnston pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 1,000 kilos of marijuana and 5 kilos of cocaine, and to one count of money laundering.

Authorities said that they began to investigate Johnston and a marijuana trafficking organization in the Columbus area in November 2007. Investigators said that thousands of pounds of marijuana were being transported from Arizona to Columbus.

According to the Attorney's Office, Johnston was directly involved transporting and stashing the drugs in Columbus. They said he also used the proceeds to invest in real estate and real estate renovations.

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