DEREK LAMOND JOHNSON

A Minneapolis man, Derek Lamond Johnson, 47, has been arrested and charged with a second degree felony drug charge for possessing 6 grams or more of heroin and a fifth degree felony drug charge of marijuana possession.

According to the complaint:

On or about Aug. 21, Mille Lacs Tribal police conducted a traffic stop of a 2011 black Cadillac Escalade on Waagidaaki Drive in Onamia based upon an equipment violation.

An officer made contact with the driver, Derek Lamont Johnson. Law enforcement observed a marijuana cigar in an ashtray along with two packages of glass vials in the pocket behind the driver’s seat, according to the complaint.

Law enforcement also found multiple pill bottles, small bowls, a small amount of packaged marijuana, multiple blunt cigar packages, and a digital scale. The scale had a white powdery substance on it which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Johnson was arrested, and during a mirandized statement, Johnson said he was in the area to visit a family member. According to the complaint, Johnson was suspected of selling drugs in the area weeks prior. He denied having any drugs on his person. Officers observed Johnson’s phone to have messages from local known drug dealers, and Johnson had $571 in cash on him.

When Johnson was booked, according to the complaint, correctional officers located multiple small baggies containing a powdery substance inside a larger bag in Johnson’s possession. The substance tested positive for heroin and weighed 7 grams with packaging.

The second degree drug charge comes with a maximum sentence of 25-year prison sentence and/or a $500,000 fine. The fifth degree drug charge comes with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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