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NEWS ALERT – Convicted Felon Caught With Meth, Weapons During Traffic Stop

BY KELLI PEACOCK DUNN News Editor

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A Blountstown man is behind bars on a long list of charges following a traffic stop in the early morning hours Saturday. James Russell Johnson, 29, has been charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving while his license is suspended or revoked with knowledge. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Dep. Jody Hoagland received a tip that Johnson was driving with a suspended license and might be in possession of illegal drugs. Dep. Hoagland and Dep. John Scheetz spotted Johnson pull into a local convenience store parking lot just after 2 a.m. After verifying his license was suspended and noting his tag light had a bulb hanging, Dep. Hoagland initiated a traffic stop. Johnson appeared to conceal something between the seats as he stepped from the truck. He was also caught tossing a small blue container under the vehicle. During a search, Dep. Scheetz retrieved the container beneath the truck that was found to contain meth. Brass knuckles were found in Johnson’s back pocket and a loaded magazine was discovered in his front pocket. A firearm was located beneath the seat in the truck. Two round cylinder containers were found between the seats with suspected meth inside. A handgun was discovered in the same spot with a live round in the chamber. Johnson remains in custody at the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $13,000.

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