An admitted drug dealer from Venice was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in federal prison for selling a fatal dose of the powerful opioid fentanyl to a 19-year-old man who had been residing at a sober living home.
Julian Miles Mayers-Johnson, 33, pleaded guilty last October in Los Angeles federal court to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On Oct. 19, 2018, outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Venice, Mayers-Johnson sold one-half gram of fentanyl to the victim, who was living at a sober living home in the Beverlywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The victim suffered a fatal drug overdose the following day.
A search of the victim’s cell phone led investigators to determine that Mayers-Johnson sold the fatal dose of fentanyl to the victim, who was arrested in April 2019 and has been in federal custody since then, according to prosecutors.
Less than two months after the victim’s death, Mayers-Johnson was still dealing drugs, including fentanyl, prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum. The defendant’s “criminal history demonstrates his unwillingness to conform his behavior to the laws of his community — even after causing someone’s death,” prosecutors wrote.