A federal judge sentenced a Chicago man for possessing and distributing cocaine in the Wausau area.
Judge Barbara Crab sentenced Deward Johnson, 31, to 20 years in prison after being convicted. According to a Department of Justice press release, Johnson and his coconspirators, Anthony Dawson and Romaill Cox, transported cocaine from Chicago to Wausau between December 2009 and December 10, 2010. Once there, they re-sold it or had others sell it on their behalf. Johnson and his coconspirators also manufactured the powder cocaine into crack cocaine after transporting it to Wausau.
Cox is already serving an eight-year prison term for his role. Dawson is serving a 41-month prison term for his role.
According to the press release, Judge Crabb noted that Johnson deserved a lengthy prison sentence because he was the ringleader. She also said that the large quantity of drugs involved and his criminal history, warrant the sentence.