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Chula Vista man gets 30 months in prison for punching drug agent

February 24, 2012 |  8:25 am

A 52-year-old Chula Vista man was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in federal prison after admitting that he punched a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

The agent was trying to question Ricky Dean Johnson in June as part of an investigation into prescription drug fraud in Chula Vista when he punched her and fled, according to court documents. Johnson was arrested the next day in Los Angeles.

Johnson pleaded guilty in September to an assault charge. He has remained in custody since his arrest.

The sentence "sends an important message that the use of violence during an interaction with law enforcement will have harsh consequences," said U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy.

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