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6-year sentence for drug dealer

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus man is headed to prison for six years for running a marijuana-selling operation out of at least three homes in central Ohio.

James “Monk” Johnston, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute drugs and one count of money laundering, a spokesman for the office of US Attorney Carter Stewart said.

According to court documents, Johnston took part in an operation that used RV’s, semis and rental vehicles to ship thousands of pounds of marijuana and cocaine from Arizona to Columbus ofer the course of eight years.

Johnston was sentenced to six years in prison, five years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and ordered to forfeit real estate properties at 1334-1336 W. Broad Street, 52 N. Rogers Avenue, and 300 Cypress Avenue.

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