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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Two brothers will spend the rest of their lives in prison for running a multi-million dollar drug business from their Donalsonville home.

U.S. District Judge Louis Sands handed down the life sentences to 29-year old Carlos Johnson and his older brother 35-year old Kelvin Johnson after a lengthy hearing at the C.B. King Courthouse in Albany Thursday afternoon.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, neither brother will be eligible for parole.

The Johnson brothers argued at their hearing sentencing guidelines should have been below the standard for life in prison based on their cooperation with authorities after their arrest in March of 2011.

Federal prosecutors say instead of cooperating, the Johnson brothers resumed their drug dealing business when they were let out on a two month furlough in the fall of 2011 to help a federal dog fighting investigation in Alabama.

The brothers also objected to their bribery of a former Pataula Drug Task Force agent counting against them in the sentencing guidelines.

According to statements during Thursday's sentencing hearing, Robert Nicholson was fired in  2010 from the Pataula Drug Task Force after admitting to federal prosecutors he passed via a confidential informant sensitive law enforcement information to the Johnson brothers.  

Bainbridge Public Safety officer Franklin Green, who was the lead investigator in the case, testified Thursday the investigation into the Johnson brothers could not have started until Nicholson was gone from the Pataula Drug Task Force.

Nicholson was sentenced last fall after pleading guilty to obstruction.

A third defendant in the case Antonio Wimbush received a sentence of just over seven years for his role in the ring Thursday afternoon.

Judge Sands called this drug ring one of the largest he has ever seen with him estimating 27-28 have been sentenced so far and more arrests could come as the investigation is said to be still active.

 

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