Nashville man sentenced to 25 years for armed meth trafficking in Knox County

A Nashville man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for several drug trafficking charges in Knox County.

Marlon Jermaine Johnson, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Boom, for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

“According to evidence at trial, on November 18, 2019, Johnson led law enforcement officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department on a high-speed chase, through residential streets in Corbin, before crashing into a gate and a parked car,” the press release stated. “Johnson then fled on foot, into a cemetery, where he was ultimately apprehended. During a search of his vehicle, law enforcement located more than a kilogram of methamphetamine and a loaded firearm.”

Johnson was convicted in July 2022.

Under federal law, Johnson must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence.  He will then be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for five years after his release from prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Eastern District of Kentucky.)

Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at The Kentucky Daily

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