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February 4, 2019

Federal jury convicts last man standing in 29-defendant organized crime case in Myrtle Beach

FLORENCE, S.C. - United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that John Henry Johnson, 68, of Myrtle Beach, was convicted by a federal jury after three days of trial during the lapse in government appropriations. The jury found Johnson guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and two counts of the attempted distribution of heroin in January and February of 2017. Johnson faces up to 30 years in federal prison as a result of these convictions. 

February 1, 2019

Worcester restaurant manager pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy and attempted witness tampering

BOSTON – A Worcester restaurant manager pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Worcester to conspiring with the wife of a convicted drug dealer to use drug proceeds to renovate and operate a Shrewsbury Street restaurant. 

Joseph Herman, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, making false statements to federal investigators and attempted witness tampering. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for May 28, 2019.

February 1, 2019

Fentanyl and heroin trafficker sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison

Tampa, Fla. - Roderick Lamar Duval, 39, of Bradenton, was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison for distributing fentanyl and heroin. He had pleaded guilty on September 27, 2018.

According to court documents, Duval sold fentanyl and heroin to an undercover detective on multiple occasions. During one of the transactions, Duval sold the fentanyl and heroin to the undercover detective within 1,000 feet of an elementary school in Bradenton.

February 1, 2019

Man caught twice in possession of meth pleads guilty

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; New York Division, and U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced that Scott Schafer, 39, of Rochester, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, methamphetamine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine, or both.

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