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KCSO arrests woman found with drugs, stolen gun

Posted: February 15, 2018 3:52 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Alexia Johnson


Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) narcotics investigators arrested an Elgin woman on Tuesday on drug and weapons charges.

According to a KCSO press release, investigators arrested Alexia Shontae Johnson, 21, of Smyrna Road, Elgin, and charged her with possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana, PWID heroin and possession of a stolen pistol.

In the press release, KCSO Chief Deputy Jack Rushing said the narcotics investigators discovered evidence indicating Johnson had been selling multiple pounds of marijuana and other drugs during the past year. In 2017, KCSO narcotics investigators executed a search warrant on a home where Johnson and her boyfriend were living. During that search, deputies seized a large quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and crack. Johnson’s boyfriend claimed ownership of the drugs in that case and she was not arrested. Following that incident, the KCSO alleges, Johnson moved their drug dealing operations to her new residence on Smyrna Road.

According to the press release, narcotics investigators received information that Johnson was selling a variety of illegal narcotics from her new residence. They initiated surveillance on the residence off and on for several months. On Tuesday, four narcotics investigators who had been keeping the residence under surveillance observed Johnson as she departed her home in a burgundy Dodge Nitro.

Two of the investigators conducted a traffic stop on Johnson near Smyrna and Gettys roads. Upon approaching the Dodge Nitro, the investigators smelled the odor of marijuana and conducted a search of her vehicle. Deputies found two book bags, in which they further discovered about 7-1/2 ounces of marijuana, scales, 2 grams of heroin and a stolen Glock .40 cal. pistol.

Investigators placed Johnson -- who was already out on bond from arrests by the Elgin and Camden police departments on separate PWID marijuana charges -- under arrest and transported her to the Kershaw County Detention Center. Due to the fact that Johnson has already been released from jail on bond for those two arrests, the 5th Circuit Solicitors Office along with the KCSO, is asking for a high bond and will request that her previous bonds be revoked.

“The fact that our narcs are making more and more heroin arrests from people who are also carrying guns is alarming,” Rushing said in the press release. “Two previous arrests for drugs has obviously not taught Ms. Johnson a lesson. We hope that the magistrate who sets bond will take all of this into consideration when setting a new bond.”



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