A traffic stop turned into a chase, and ended in multiple felony charges. Paragould Police arrested Chastin Ray Johnson, 31, of Paragould, on charges of:
One count of possession of firearms during controlled substance offenses, a Class Y felony
One count of possession with purpose to deliver between 10 and 200 grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class A felony
One count each of possession of firearms by certain persons (i.e. a convicted felon) during commission of another crime, possession with purpose to deliver between two and 28 grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (other than methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine), and possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, etc. methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine, each a Class B felony
Two counts of possession with purpose to deliver less than 200 grams of a Schedule IV/V controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia to conceal, etc. a controlled substance (methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, or cocaine), each a Class D felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Lt. Scott Snyder of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, the arrest took place Oct. 12 after officers from the Patrol Division attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Johnson, who then fled and attempted to make it to his home. As he fled, Johnson reportedly first tossed a loaded Glock 6 9-mm pistol and then a methamphetamine pipe out the window of his vehicle, according to the affidavit. (A third party observed where the weapon landed and stood by it until officers arrived to take charge of it. Officers also observed where the pipe landed, and took possession of it as well.)
The officers reportedly stopped Johnson in the street, taking him into custody near his home. In possession of prior information as the result of investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle Johnson was driving. As a result of the search, they discovered:
70.4 grams of methamphetamine
26 grams of Hydrocodone
Four grams of Xanax
8.8 grams of Clonazepam
A variety of drug paraphernalia including baggies, scales, syringes, spoons and smoking devices
According to Snyder’s affidavit, the last-listed items were in a black waterproof “Pelican-style” case attached to the bottom of the car via magnets.
Johnson remains in the Greene County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond. Additional investigation is ongoing.