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Drug dealers receive life sentences

ALBANY, Ga. — Four men were sentenced in federal court Thursday on drug-related charges. Two will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, brothers Kelvin Johnson, 35, and Carlos Johnson, 29, from Donalsonville each received life sentences before Louis Sands, U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Georgia, in Albany. Both had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute both cocaine powder and cocaine base (crack cocaine). Carlos Johnson had also pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Also sentenced were Raymond Sutton, 38, of Albany, who was ordered to spend 168 months in prison, and Antonio Winbush, 30, who will spend 87 months behind bars, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael J. Moore said. Winbush and Sutton had both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

A release from the U.S Attorney’s Office said that the four defendants were part of a large group operating in the Seminole County area between 2008 and 2011, distributing multi-ounce quantities of cocaine powder and crack cocaine.

According to court officials, all four men were also sentenced to five years supervised release and a $100,000 mandatory assessment fee per count of conviction.

“There is no parole in the federal system,” Moore stated in a release. “These life sentences mean that Carlos and Kelvin Johnson shall never be dealing drugs in our community again. All four of these sentences should send a strong message to those who deal drugs illegally of the fate that awaits them if prosecuted in Federal Court.”

According to court officials, the case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Georgia Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, South Central Drug Task Force and the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Leah McEwen.