Bootheel Drug Bust Lands 1 in Jail, Estimated $61,000 Total Seized

CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) - A June 9 traffic stop that begins as a case of improper registration ends in a drug bust that nets approximately $61,000 worth of drugs and money and lands a suspected drug dealer in jail.

Caruthersville Police officers pulled over 29-year-old Prentess Johnson of Caruthersville for improper registration of a 1986 maroon Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  But according to the report, when they walked up to the vehicle, they could smell what they believed was marijuana.

After requesting a K-9 from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, they're beliefs were verified when the dog made a positive "hit" on the trunk.

Having the probable cause needed to search the vehicle, police discovered a 25 pound brick of marijuana with an estimated street value of $25,000.

Police say they then arrested Johnson and a search of his person yielded even more drugs: what appeared to be Ecstasy along with $5,000 in cash.  The vehicle was impounded and the items were seized as evidence.

Following his arrest, police executed a search warrant on a storage shed.  They discovered approximately $31,000 in cash and about 1/2 a pound of marijuana.

Johnson is charged with 2nd degree drug trafficking and possession, distribution or manufacturing of a controlled substance.  He is being held in the Pemiscot County jail with no bond pending his first court appearance.

The Bootheel Drug Task Force, Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol/Tobacco and Firearms assisted Caruthersville Police in the arrest and bust.