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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Delaware
David C. Weiss, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Wilmington Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison on Firearm Charge

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that Jeremy Johnson, 34, of Wilmington, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika pronounced the sentence.

According to court documents Johnson was arrested by the Wilmington Police Department after he was observed on live-stream surveillance video conducting suspected narcotics transactions in and around a parked Mercedes. A subsequent search of that Mercedes uncovered two firearms, over 68 grams of cocaine, oxycodone pills, and three digital scales.

Commenting on the case, U.S. Attorney Weiss stated, “Our community continues to face daily the lethal consequences of a gun epidemic and a drug epidemic. Individuals like the defendant who make the choice to possess guns while engaging in drug dealing activity put their own lives at risk, as well as the lives of innocent bystanders. Our office is committed to ensuring that individuals who choose to engage in such dangerous and illegal behavior face the consequences that they deserve.”

“The combination of drugs and firearms is often deadly, especially when firearms are used by someone engaged in activities like selling drugs,” said ATF Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Toni M. Crosby. “The more people bring drugs and the threat of gun violence into a community, the harder it is for the law-abiding citizens in that community to have a sense of safety or normalcy. ATF will continue to work alongside our law enforcement partners and prosecutors to ensure that offenders bringing this kind of crime and instability into Delaware neighborhoods are held accountable.”

This case was investigated by the Wilmington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse S. Wenger.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:21-cr-23.

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