Man faces drug charges after arrest

A man wanted in Decatur County for drug charges now faces similar charges in Jackson County.

Jonathan B. Johnson, 35, of North Vernon, was arrested Sunday by police responding to a report of a suspicious person on the southeast side of Seymour.

Johnson faces preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine with enhancement, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana with a

previous conviction, possession of paraphernalia, carrying a gun without a permit and false informing.

Police Chief Bill Abbott said that, when officers arrived, they found Johnson sitting in a vehicle on

Vine Street.

“When officers talked to him, he displayed actions that were consistent with someone who is under the influence of drugs or narcotics,” Abbott said. “He was trying to explain his actions and make excuses.”

While officers tried to speak with Johnson, he kept getting in and out of his vehicle, and that’s when police saw small plastic bags of marijuana, Abbott said.

Police also found a bag

of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a .25-caliber handgun, Abbott said. Johnson does not have a handgun permit.

Abbott said the man gave his name and address to police but withheld his correct Social Security number. That led officers to request the false informing charge.

Police also discovered Johnson was wanted on a Decatur County warrant for failure to appear on charges of possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. That warrant was filed Oct. 28 in Decatur Circuit Court in Greensburg.

Johnson was arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown. He was being held without bond Monday.