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Waterloo man gets life sentence on federal drug charges

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A Waterloo man was sentenced to life in prison plus five years on Tuesday after being convicted on federal drug charges.

On January 6, a jury found Lawrence Johnson, 38, guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, one count of distribution of heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession of a firearm during a drug crime and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, evidence showed that Johnson worked with others to sell large quantities of heroin from 2007 through April 2011 in the Waterloo area.

On one occasion, officials say Johnson sold heroin to a confidential informant while under police surveillance.  During a search of Johnson's home on February 15, 2011, officers say they recovered additional heroin packaged for distribution and a handgun.  Police say Johnson used the handgun for protection during his drug trafficking.

Court officials say that Johnson must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release if he is ever released from custody. There is no parole in the federal system.

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