A 40-year-old Labadieville man was ordered to serve seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to selling marijuana, prosecutors said.
Michael Jarell Johnson, of 2601 La. 308, pleaded guilty May 18 to possession with intent to distribute a schedule I controlled dangerous substance, said Tyler Cavalier, chief investigator of the 23rd Judicial District.
After Johnson entered his plea, District Judge Thomas Kliebert handed down a seven-year sentence, with credit for time served. The guilty plea resulted from an agreement Johnson made with prosecutors following his arrest on July 26, 2019.
Assumption Parish Sheriff’s narcotics agents executed a search warrant on the defendant’s home as part of an ongoing investigation that targeted street-level drug dealers within the parish, authorities said.
After narcotics agents entered the home, Johnson was found and detained as a search commenced. The search turned up a large quantity of marijuana, along with items associated with the packaging and selling of drugs, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Johnson was placed under arrest and was booked into the Assumption Parish jail on charges of possession with intent to distribute a schedule I controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $15,000.
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Daigle handled the prosecution.
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