Drug Enforcement Administration


Brian M. McKnight, Special Agent in Charge

May 19, 2011

Contact: Cori Rizman

Phone Number: (312) 353-7875

North Dakota Man Found Guilty Of Meth Charges

Three pounds of methamphetamine seized during investigation

BISMARCK, ND. - United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced today that, Bert M. Johnson, 50, of Williston, North Dakota, was found guilty by a federal jury in United States District Court of the following two charges:

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

On February 24, 2010, a property belonging to Johnson near Williston was the subject of a federal search warrant. When law enforcement officials with the Northwest Area Narcotics Task Force executed the warrant, Johnson was found on the property in a pickup. Also located within the pickup was an ammunition box containing approximately three pounds of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine is estimated to have a street value of approximately $100,000.

Information that led law enforcement to obtain the search warrant revealed that Johnson had been distributing methamphetamine in the Williston area for some time. Johnson was convicted of both offenses after a three day trial in United States District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota. Each offense carries a statutory maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

Sentencing for Johnson has been scheduled for August 22, 2011, in United States District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota, at 1:30 p.m.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Northwest Area Narcotics Task Force.

Assistant United States Attorney David Hagler is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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