As we reported March 18, 2011, BPS/DEA Cripple Major Drug Operation, Bainbridge Public Safety Investgative and Viper units developed a case against Donalsonville residents Kelvin "Popcorn" Johnson and his brother Carlos Johnson, kingpins in this 3 state area.
As the case grew in both volume and geography, law enforcement agencies from Atlanta, southwest Georgia, Florida and Alabama were brought into the investigation.
As the lead investigator in the case, BPS Captain Frank Green, now BPS Deputy Director, testified in front of a Federal Grand Jury in February and March of 2011. They returned 23 federal indictments.
On Thursday, Kelvin Johnson, age 35, of Donalsonville, Georgia, Carlos Johnson, age 29, of Donalsonville, Georgia, Antonio Winbush, age 30, of Leary, Georgia, and Raymond Sutton, age 38, of Albany, Georgia, were sentenced by the Honorable W. Louis Sands, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia, according to Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.
|Carlos Johnson and Kelvin Johnson, 2011|
Carlos and Kelvin Johnson had earlier pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute both cocaine powder and cocaine base (“crack” cocaine). Carlos Johnson had also pled guilty to money laundering, as well. Winbush and Sutton had both pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Court records reveal that the four defendants were part of a large group operating in the Seminole County, Georgia, area between 2008 and 2011 distributing multi-ounce quantities of cocaine powder and cocaine base (“crack” cocaine).
Carlos and Kelvin Johnson both received sentences of life imprisonment
Sutton was sentenced to one hundred sixty-eight months imprisonment
Winbush received a sentence of eighty-seven months in prison
All four men were also sentenced to five years supervised release and a $100.00 mandatory assessment fee per count of conviction.
"There is no parole in the federal system. These life sentences mean that Carlos and Kelvin Johnson shall never be dealing drugs in our community again. All four of these sentences should send a strong message to those who deal drugs illegally of the fate that awaits them if prosecuted in federal Court," said United States Attorney Michael Moore. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leah McEwen.