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Johnson City man sentenced to nearly 20 years on prescription drug charges

Staff Report • Apr 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

GREENEVILLE –– A Johnson City man was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded guilty during an August 2010 federal indictment to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone pills, according to a district court press release.

According to the release, Roger Tristan Johnson, 34, was sentenced to serve 235 months in prison by Judge J. Ronnie Greer.

Johnson admitted that he conspired with at least one other person to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone pills in the Eastern District of Tennessee area.

According to the report, from January 2010 to August 2012, Johnson employed couriers to transport the pills from a source in Miami, and during the peak of operation they were making multiple trips a week to Florida, purchasing several thousand pills.

The pills brought back to the district were delivered to Johnson, who then allegedly distributed to street level dealers.

Johnson, who had been previously convicted of a felony was found with a loaded .45 caliber handgun when arrested.

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