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
federal crimes. Call
to learn more.