Fentanyl Dealer Represented by Attorney Gounaris May Get Plea Deal

William “Fruit” Johnson Jr. was facing an uphill battle after being charged with conspiracy involving vast quantities of a dangerous illicit drug. Authorities determined he was in possession of 100+ grams of heroin and 40+ grams of fentanyl, which is another medical grade opiate but is reportedly 100x stronger than street-level heroin. After being found guilty of the charge, Fruit was facing a possible sentence of five years minimum and 40 years maximum.

Through the efforts of Dayton criminal defense attorney Nicholas Gounaris of Gounaris Abboud, LPA, a plea deal was worked out between the prosecution and the defense. Rather than risking a severe, maximized sentence, the plea deal was struck at just 7 years. It is worth noting that another fentanyl dealer in Ohio was recently sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for similar charges.

The plea deal is even more impressive considering that federal agencies had labeled “Fruit” Johnson as an armed and dangerous individual. It is typically difficult to obtain a plea deal after a suspect is highlighted on “most wanted” or “dangerous persons” lists.

Furthermore, it was believed that the prosecution would be eager to punish anyone involved with fentanyl trafficking. The illegal drug is believed to cause about 200 deaths a year, at least, in Ohio alone. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been pushing for stronger efforts to detain fentanyl dealers, including using anonymous informants to get close to suspects.

The 7 year plea deal is expected to be approved. It might even be possible for Mr. Johnson to secure early release due to good behavior while incarcerated.

Gouaris Abboud, LPA offers free case evaluations to clients seeking legal representation throughout Ohio. Talk to the firm’s Dayton criminal defense attorneys today if you are facing serious accusations or charges, from drug charges to DUIs to federal crimes. Call 937.660.8429 to learn more.