Man sentenced on drug charges

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WAYNESBURG – A Pittsburgh man arrested in Waynesburg last year with a large amount of heroin was sentenced Thursday by Greene County Judge Farley Toothman to 2 to 5 years in prison.


Antoine Lee Johnson, 27, pleaded guilty in May to all counts against him including possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Johnson and two others were arrested Feb. 29, 2012, at an apartment at 20 Grandview Drive in Franklin Township.


State police and detectives from the Greene County district attorney’s office and the county’s probation office went to the residence after having obtained a warrant to search the home.


Police found 722 stamp bags of heroin, containing 21.66 grams of the drug, $3,800 in cash, multiple cellphones, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.


As an aggravating circumstance, the judge cited the amount of heroin found in Johnson’s possession, which Toothman said he found to be a “health and safety concern.”


In addition to the prison sentence, Johnson was ordered to pay $750 in fines. He was given credit for the nine days he served in prison.


The two others arrested at the home were John Wilson Hewitt Jr., 29, of Waynesburg, and Robin Whitlatch, 35, of Carnegie.


Hewitt pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance and was sentenced to 9 to 23 ½ months in jail and 5 years of probation.


Whitlatch pleaded guilty to the same charge earlier this month and was sentenced to five years in the county intermediate punishment program, which includes 10 days in jail, with credit for 10 days served, and 11 months and 20 days of house arrest.


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