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Spring Hill drug dealer busted with heroin packets stamped with Trump's face gets 35 years in prison

Heroin packages seized in 2017 were marked with the name and face of U.S. President Donald Trump. [JOSH SOLOMON | Times]

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill man, whose arrest in 2017 marked the largest drug bust in Hernando County history, was sentenced on Nov. 15 to 35 years in prison. Kelvin Johnson sold doses of heroin in packages bearing the face of U.S. President Donald Trump.

A Hernando County jury on Oct. 12 found Johnson, 48, guilty of several drug trafficking charges.

Authorities took notice of Johnson in May 2016, deputies said, when postal inspectors in New Jersey seized a 13-pound package of individually-wrapped heroin doses.

Then, in January 2017, officials said Johnson traveled to New Jersey and back in a 48-hour time span. In that time, three packages were shipped from New Jersey to a Spring Hill address. One package contained 5,000 doses of heroin; another, 27 grams of cocaine.

Some of the heroin packets were stamped with Trump's name and face, while others bore the names of drug lords El Chapo and Pablo Escobar.

The Trump packets drew the ire of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who called the branding a "big mistake" around the time of Johnson's arrest and promised to relay it to the president.

"I'm going to make sure (Trump) gets one of these packages when the case is all over to put in the Oval Office to remind him of all the good he's doing," she said.

Contact Jack Evans at jevans@tampabay.com. Follow @JackHEvans.

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