Jamestown Man Sentenced In Federal Court On Drug Charge

A Jamestown man convicted of possessing MDA has been sentenced in federal court. Barrett Johnson, 34, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Adler, who handled the case, said Johnson sold MDA — also known as “Molly” — on several occasions. Johnson reportedly sold the Scheduled I drug at many locations, including his barbershop in Buffalo, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said this week in a press release.

Co-defendants Joshua Castro and Richard Clarke have also been convicted.

According to Kennedy in a November statement, the investigation began on Jan. 28, 2016, when police established surveillance at Clarke’s Nottingham Terrace home in Buffalo and Johnson’s business, Iconz Barbershop on Hertel Avenue, also in Buffalo.

Police trailed Clarke and Johnson to Elmwood Avenue where they reportedly witnessed Johnson approaching Clarke’s vehicle and exchange what appeared to be a blue-colored bottle.

This led to officers executing a search warrant at Iconz Barbershop. Johnson, who was apprehended at the scene, allegedly threw all the items in his hands to the ground including a blue Pepsi cup, according to the U.S Attorney’s office, which contained a substance similar to molly, also known as MDA, consumed primarily for its euphoric effects.

At Clarke’s Nottingham Terrance residence, police seized powder molly, ecstasy pills and approximately $13,000 in cash.

This week’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Border Enforcement Security Taskforce which includes the Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police, Peel Regional Police and Toronto Police Services.