Business owner sentenced to 14 years in prison for leading drug trafficking organization from downtown Benson business

Business owner in Johnston County sentenced to 14 years in prison for running a drug trafficking organization from his downtown business.

Arrest and guilty plea

Imagine running a seemingly innocent business by day, only to be revealed as the mastermind behind a drug trafficking operation by night. Sounds like something out of a Hollywood movie, right? Well, for 59-year-old Jimmy Waylon Johnson, owner of Benson Arcade in downtown Benson, this scenario became a reality. Johnson recently found himself sentenced to 14 years in prison for leading a drug trafficking organization that operated right under the nose of his business. The U.S. Department of Justice has not taken kindly to Johnson's illicit activities and has brought down the hammer on him.

According to court records, Johnson pled guilty to two drug trafficking charges and one money laundering charge on December 11. The charges stem from his role as the ringleader of a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine across Eastern North Carolina. It's like something you'd see in a crime drama series, but unfortunately, this is all too real. Johnson's arrest came after a multi-year investigation conducted by the Duplin, Johnston, and New Hanover County Sheriffs’ Offices into his illegal activities.

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Trafficking in Downtown Benson

What's even more shocking is that Johnson used Benson Arcade, his own business, as a hub for facilitating drug trafficking activities. Can you imagine walking into an arcade expecting to find games and fun, only to discover it was a front for something much more sinister? It's like a real-life game of cat and mouse, with Johnson at the center of it all. Along with distributing kilograms of methamphetamine, Johnson also provided video gambling machines to his associates who would then run illegal gambling operations in various locations.

Local law enforcement revealed that some of these locations soon became hotspots for methamphetamine distribution and addiction, painting a grim picture of the impact these illegal activities had on the community. When authorities finally executed search warrants at Benson Arcade and Johnson's residence, they uncovered a staggering amount of evidence, including drugs, cash, and items linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Others involved

Johnson was not working alone in his criminal enterprise. He was part of a larger network of co-conspirators who have also faced the consequences of their actions. Five individuals connected to Johnson were indicted and sentenced for their roles in the drug trafficking organization. Each received varying prison terms based on their involvement in the illicit operation.

The investigation into Johnson and his accomplices also led to the seizure of numerous weapons, ammunition, and other incriminating items. It's like uncovering a criminal network right in our own backyard, showing that crime can often lurk where we least expect it.

The U.S. Department of Justice has made it clear that individuals like Johnson will face the full force of the law for their actions. Drug traffickers disrupt the peace and safety of our communities, and law enforcement is committed to rooting out these criminals to ensure our neighborhoods remain safe for everyone.

As Johnson begins his sentence behind bars, it serves as a stark reminder that crime doesn't pay, no matter how elaborate the scheme may seem. The streets are a little safer today thanks to the diligent work of law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly to dismantle this drug trafficking operation.

Saadat Qureshi

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