Prison for man arrested in Muskegon drug bust

Muskegon County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of men arrested in a drug bust in the Muskegon area last spring has been sentenced to decades in prison.

In a federal courtroom in Grand Rapids Monday, Alfonzo Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

Johnson pleaded guilty in July to a federal charge of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Under the terms of a plea agreement, four more drug charges and a money laundering charge were dropped.

In a Tuesday release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Johnson and four other men conspired for more than two years to bring cocaine and crystal meth from Mexico to West Michigan. Authorities say Johnson and others wired money to Mexico and went there on multiple occasions.

When Johnson, who previously served a 10-year sentence on a federal drug trafficking charge, was arrested during a March 5 drug bust, there was cocaine and crystal meth in his car. Eight kilos of cocaine and four kilos of crystal meth were discovered at residences.

Co-defendant Demarco Knox pleaded guilty in July to the charges he faced in the case. He was sentenced in December to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release, as well as fines and fees.

In November, former Michigan Department of Corrections employee James Kitchen was convicted of three of the charges he faced. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Fellow co-defendants Devanda Montgomery and Alvin Rone are also awaiting sentencing.

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