Digby County Courthouse
A Digby man, who admitted he was selling crack cocaine simply for financial gain, has earned himself two years in federal prison.
Jonathan Everett Johnson, 42, was sentenced in Digby provincial court on Thursday, Jan. 9 on one charge of possession for the purpose of trafficking in cocaine.
RCMP found 19.7 grams of crack cocaine in Johnson’s apartment while executing a search warrant on Aug. 14, 2011.
Johnson pleaded guilty April 18, 2013.
During the search of the residence the RCMP found 14 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine in an open cereal box, weighing in total almost 6 grams.
In the same cereal box was a bag with two pieces of cocaine with a total weight of just over 11 grams. The box also contained two scales and razor blade.
In another room the RCMP found a pill bottle with seven pieces of crack cocaine totalling almost 3 grams, and $195 in cash.
Judge Timothy Landry said he chose federal time over probation because the crime of cocaine trafficking has to be denounced and deterred.
“I have been working in and around the criminal justice system for over 20 years,” he said in his written decision. “I have seen first-hand the effect that crack cocaine has on members of our communities. Put simply it ruins lives.”
Landry said Johnson was aware of the risk involved to himself if he were caught and “should have been aware of the effects this would have on others by selling this commodity in our communities.”
Johnson admitted to the court he sold cocaine because he was struggling financially after he and his common law partner separated.
Johnson told the court he does regret his actions.
“For the simple fact that I wasn’t thinking it would affect everyone else, both the users of the drug and my family. In the end, I did not benefit at all for my actions,” Johnson is quoted as telling the court.
Before the sentencing, Johnson and his common law partner had been reconciled and he was working at a mink ranch some 45 to 60 hours a week.
The pre-sentence report describes him as reliable, helpful and friendly.
The defence had requested Johnson be sentenced to less than two years in jail which would have allowed for a conditional sentence to be served in the community.