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Man who sold drugs for gang sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison

Daron A-Saad Johnson of Brooklyn Center was sentenced in Douglas County District Court Tuesday to 142 months in prison for first-degree possession of cocaine with intent to sell for the benefit of a gang.

Johnson was accused of possessing cocaine and crack hidden in the door of a car traveling on Interstate 94 in February 2013.

The State Patrol stopped the vehicle near Alexandria after receiving a report that it contained stolen property and concealed drugs. Johnson was one of three male occupants.

At Johnson’s jury trial, Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson presented evidence that all three men were associated with a North Minneapolis gang involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics.

The jury found Johnson guilty on all counts. Judge David Battey presided over the trial and handed down the sentence.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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