Joseph Monroe Johnson Jr., 36, of Convent, was arrested Thursday, February 24, 2022 on several charges for illegal drugs.
On February 23, 2022, about 11:45 p.m., the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division was conducting surveillance in the 1200 block of Madewood Road in LaPlace, an area known for the use and sales of illegal narcotics. Officers observed a suspicious male subject enter a vehicle and drive westbound on Madewood Road. Officers then conducted a traffic stop on Ormond Boulevard and made contact with the driver, identified as Johnson. Officers smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Johnson was then detained. Officers also observed in the vehicle a grocery bag with marijuana, a digital scale with methamphetamine residue, syringes, a plastic bag with cocaine, a plastic bag containing foil with 150 dosage units of LSD, and a plastic bag containing about 20 grams of heroin.
Conducting a search of Johnson’s person, officers located a pill bottle with two Vyvanse, another pill bottle containing three Hydrocodone pills, and a plastic bag containing about two grams of marijuana.
Johnson admitted to officers that all contraband in the vehicle belonged to him.
Johnson was booked with view outward or inward through windshield or windows; obscuring prohibited; possession with intent to distribute LSD (felony); possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (felony); possession of cocaine less than 28 grams (felony); possession of Vyvanse; possession of hydrocodone; possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession of marijuana 1st offense (C2A) (misd); possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia 1st offense (misd). He also was booked on an additional charge for principle to theft of a motor vehicle and was wanted on contempt of court warrants.
Johnson was being held in custody in St. John in lieu of $123,589 bond then transferred to Catahoula Correctional Facility.