Two Maryland Men Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Heroin and Fentanyl Distribution Conspiracy

BALTIMORE, MD – On Friday, U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow has sentenced Jarvis Antonio Coleman-Fuller, 35, of Hagerstown, Maryland, and Eric Tyrell Johnson, 39, of Owings Mills, Maryland, to 156 and 150 months in federal prison, respectively, each followed by five years of supervised release. Both men were convicted on charges related to a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, specifically fentanyl and heroin, in Washington County, Maryland.

The evidence presented at trial revealed that from April 2019 to November 2019, the defendants and their co-conspirators conspired to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Washington County area. During the investigation, law enforcement seized narcotics, including at least 1.3 kilograms of fentanyl, five firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and more than $12,534 in cash. Witnesses testified that Johnson and Coleman-Fuller distributed fentanyl and illegally possessed firearms. Both men had previous felony convictions and were prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.

Eight co-defendants previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and were sentenced to between 10 years in prison and time served. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, both aimed at reducing violent crime, gun violence, and dismantling high-level criminal organizations that pose a threat to the United States through a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach leveraging the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron commended the DEA, HSI, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, and the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office for their work in the investigation and prosecution. Barron also thanked the Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joan C. Mathias and Adeyemi Adenrele prosecuted the case.

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