LaBelle man arrested on drug charges

Posted 11/8/21

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LaBelle man arrested on drug charges


LABELLE - On Nov. 4, 2021, at approximately 8:09 p.m., Deputy Ramirez-Reyna from the Hendry County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), responded to the area of the Handy Food Store after receiving a suspicious vehicle complaint.

 Upon arrival Deputies made contact with the suspect, 45 year old, Johnnie Johnson Sr., who was found unconscious in the driver seat of a black Nissan Sentra at the parking lot. The vehicle was running at the time of their arrival.

 Johnson was recognized by Sgt Hernandez and Corporal Hull due to previous interactions. Deputies tried waking Johnson by knocking on the vehicle window. The vehicle was locked and the deputies were unable to gain access.  Deputies were able to see Johnson moving in the driver seat clenching the emergency brake handle and wiping his face with his arm as well as shaking his leg.

 After several attempts to wake Johnson, Corporal Hull advised the suspect that the deputies would have to break the window of the vehicle if he did not wake up and unlock the door.  

 After several more attempts of waking up the suspect, Johnson was able to unlock the vehicle.  They immediately noticed he was unsteady and unable to open his eyes. Johnson was placed in hand restraints. 

 Johnson was then advised that he was being placed under arrest for driving with a suspended license. After being advised for the reason of arrest Corporal Hull conducted a search, Hull pulled out a black magnetic box out of Johnson’s left cargo short pocket which was found to contain suspected narcotics.

 Johnnie Johnson, Sr., was taken into custody and transported to the Hendry County Jail on charges of Driving with Suspended License 2nd Conviction, Possession of Controlled Substance Cocaine, Possession of Controlled Substance Fentanyl and Possession of Controlled Substance Morphine sulfate.  Johnson is currently being held on $25,000 bond.