Van S. Johnson, 44, was arraigned on June 24 on two counts of drug possession, two counts of drug trafficking, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of having weapons under disability.
On March 30, Johnson, along with Joshua S. Johnson, 31, Crown City, was arrested by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office at a residence on Bladen Road.
Reportedly, Joshua Johnson had a warrant out for his arrest after he failed to appear for a hearing in the common pleas court and officers had gone to the residence in an attempt to find the defendant.
Joshua Johnson was arrested at the scene and Van Johnson later consented to a search of his residence. Reportedly, prescription medication and a stolen firearm were located.
According to the indictment in this case, Van Johnson was allegedly in the possession of 31 (10 milligram) tablets and three tablet fragments of oxymorphone on March 30 and had prepared said tablets for shipment, transport or distribution. The defendant was also allegedly in the possession of five (40 milligram) oxymorphone tablets and had also prepared those tablets for distribution on the day in question.
In addition, Johnson was allegedly in the possession of a rifle, property Johnson had reasonable cause to believe had been obtained through a theft offense.
During his arraignment, Johnson pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The defendant is scheduled to appear in the common pleas court on Aug. 12 for a status conference.
Following his arrest on March 30, Joshua Johnson was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment in a previous case after pleading guilty to one count of theft.