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April 21, 2019

3/28/2019 10:52:00 AM
Robinson man gets 17 years for drugs, weapons
A Robinson man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges.

Michael S. Johnson, 48, was sentenced Tuesday to 210 months in prison for convictions on methamphetamine and firearm charges, according to United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft.

The investigation was conducted by the Robinson Police Department. Sergeant Dan Strauch told the Daily News an investigation indicted Johnson was "a main player" in the distribution of meth locally.

The department made several controlled purchases from him. "Then, Johnson decided he had some guns he wanted to sell us, too," Strauch said.

Officer Dave Mullins, now also a special agent with the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force, contacted federal authorities with the results of the investigation. They handed down a five-count indictment and Johnson pleaded guilty to the charges.

"The federal government helps us a lot" in regards to drug and weapons cases, Strauch explained.

Counts 1 through 3 of the indictment charged Johnson with meth distribution last April and May. Count 4 charged Johnson with distribution of more than 5 grams of meth May 5.

Count 5 charged him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm April 23.

Johnson has a lengthy record in Crawford County. Since 1992, he has been charged with resisting arrest, fleeing police, battery on a peace officer, criminal trespass, damage to property, domestic battery and driving while suspended and revoked.

He also was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol several times.

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