Police: Man distributed narcotics from motel

Police: Man distributed narcotics from motel
Michael "Brad" Johnson (Source: Craighaed County Sheriff's Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was arrested for allegedly distributing narcotics from an area motel.

Agents from the 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force received information that Michael "Brad" Johnson was distributing narcotics from the Scottish Inn motel, 3116 Mead Dr., in Jonesboro.

Surveillance at the hotel showed Johnson walk back and forth between two hotel rooms with a man and woman before walking out to a maroon car in the parking lot.

There, the three popped the hood of the car and started digging around in the engine compartment.

When an agent approached the car and identified himself, Johnson "quickly grabbed a plastic Walmart sack, stuck his left hand inside his left pocket and concealed something into the Walmart sack."

A probable cause affidavit states Johnson then tried to shove the bag into the engine.

"I quickly gained control of Johnson and detained him for further investigation," court documents state.

Inside the Walmart sack, the agent found approximately 3.6 grams of meth divided into 4 baggies.

"Just under the plastic Walmart bag I observed a black sock stuffed down in the engine that had a large bulge in the bottom of the sock," the affidavit said.

Inside the sock was another 13.8 grams of meth, a used meth pipe, a set of digital scales, and several individual plastic bags.

Johnson was charged with possession of meth or cocaine with purpose to deliver, a Class A felony. He could face 6 to 30 years in prison and up to $15,000 fine if convicted.

He also faces a Class D felony for possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $3,500. He's back in court May 30.

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