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Drug ringleader gets federal prison term


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – A Chicago drug dealer has been sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison after police in Kronenwetter caught him with cocaine in late 2010.

Judge Barbara Crabb said Deward Johnson deserved a lengthy sentence because he was the leader of the drug conspiracy, because of the large amount of drugs involved and because of his lengthy criminal history. Johnson has three prior felonies for serious drug offenses in Illinois and Minnesota.

Police found the drugs during a traffic stop on Highway 51 in Kronenwetter in December 2010.

Prosecutors say Johnson and two co-conspirators trafficked cocaine to Wausau, they then re-sold it or had others sell it on their behalf. The three also turned the powder cocaine into crack cocaine.

Cox is serving an eight-year prison term for his role. Dawson is serving nearly three-and-a-half years in prison.