Bogalusa resident pleads guilty to meth charges in federal court

Published 4:01 am Saturday, July 20, 2019

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced this week that Aaron Bertram Johnson, 43, of Bogalusa, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, July 17, to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 500 grams of a mixture containing a detectible amount of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Johnson flew to California, where he obtained methamphetamine that he then mailed back to Louisiana. Johnson then returned to Louisiana to receive over a kilogram of high-purity methamphetamine, which law enforcement agents found in his house and vehicle.

The government filed a bill of information charging Johnson with a prior felony drug offense. As a result, Johnson faces a term of imprisonment of at least 15 years and up to life, to be followed by at least 10 years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $10 million.

Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for Oct. 22.

Strasser praised the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Louisiana State Police, and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas D. Moses is in charge of the prosecution.