News Release
March 31, 2010
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
Number: (314)538-4660

East St. Louis Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

MAR 31 - (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on March 30, 2010, SCOTT LEE JOHNSON , age 48, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. JOHNSON was sentenced to life in prison and ordered to pay a $2,250,000 fine and a special assessment of $300. The Court also ordered JOHNSON to forfeit his interest in real property located in East St. Louis and Washington Park, Illinois, in six firearms, and in a total of $391,400 in U.S. currency. JOHNSON is the former owner of the Best Fish House in East St. Louis.

JOHNSON was convicted on October 8, 2009, after a five-day jury trial, of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; Distribution of Cocaine; and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. The offenses occurred between 2004 and JOHNSON’S arrest on April 4, 2008. The Court determined at sentencing that during the course of the conspiracy JOHNSON distributed at least 1,500 kilograms of cocaine in and around East St. Louis and Washington Park, Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Donald S. Boyce and Kelly Lake.