MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach man faces up to 30 years in a federal prison after being found guilty of drug charges.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon, a jury convicted 68-year-old John Henry Johnson of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and two counts of the attempted distribution of heroin in January and February of 2017.
Johnson’s conviction stems from an FBI and DEA investigation into a drug trafficking organization whose members operated in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Atlantic Beach, Florence, and southern North Carolina.
According to the release, some of the members were part of a national criminal organization that sells drugs and firearms, as well as commits acts of violence for profit.
The investigation into this drug trafficking ring lasted over two years. Johnson was a mid-level heroin distributor who purchased heroin and fentanyl from the organizations main supply.
He reportedly sold thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs to his customers. Johnson would also sometimes meet his supplier in the parking lot of drug rehabilitation centers, the release stated.
Johnson was the last man standing in this 29-defendant organized crime case, the U.S. Attorney said.