CHIPLEY – A Chipley man has been sentenced to serve 17.5 years in prison for his role in illegal drug activity in Washington County. The sentence was handed down by a federal judge to 36-year old Demond Levar Johnson, aka "Kilo", of Pecan St. in Chipley Wednesday, March 19. Johnson was sentenced to serve 211 months, followed by 36 months supervised release after a plea of guilty in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida.
The sentence comes in the wake of his September 2013 arrest for the sale of crack cocaine after an investigation that included undercover officers making several purchase of cocaine and crack cocaine from Johnson. The investigation ended with a foot chase, which led to investigators finding of a "significant amount of crack cocaine and marijuana" in Johnson's possession.
Johnson was also in possession of a loaded firearm during those drug sales, according to a report by the Chipley Police Department. Johnson admitted he used the gun for protection during the narcotics transactions.
Johnson’s prison sentence in Federal court is a result of the fact that he, a convicted felon, was in possession of a 380 caliber bullet. Johnson is still awaiting sentencing on the charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of cannabis.
This investigation was a joint effort by the Chipley Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms.
“We are happy to get another drug dealer gone from our community," said Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews. "We will continue to aggressively combat the sale of illegal street narcotics from within our community. It is my intent for the Chipley Police Department to partner with A.T.F. on future investigations in Chipley regarding armed drug dealers. I encourage everyone to continue to report illegal activity in your area."
Please continue to call with any information concerning illegal drug activity. You can call the Chipley Police Department at (850) 638-6310. If you want to remain anonymous you can call the Crime Stoppers of Washington County at (850) 638-TIPS.