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Defendant claimed 8 pounds of pot was for personal use

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Mike DuPre'
April 25, 2008
— At first, Michael Johnson told police the 8 pounds of marijuana they found in his home was for personal use, according to court documents.

Acting on a search warrant, Janesville police had found eight 1-pound bags of marijuana in two safes in Johnson’s home, another quarter pound of pot and a digital scale in a backpack and a baggie of marijuana in Johnson’s pants pocket, according to the criminal complaint filed against him.


Johnson admitted the marijuana was his but initially claimed it was all for his personal use, according to the complaint.


Johnson eventually admitted “he does occasionally at least sell some of his large personal supply” to others, the complaint alleges.


Johnson, 25, of 1021 W. Holmes St., Apt. A, was charged Thursday with delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug-trafficking place.


Cash bond was set at $3,000, and Johnson remained in custody at the Rock County Jail this morning.


Janesville police reported earlier that the almost 8 1/2 pounds of marijuana they seized was more than they confiscated in all pot seizures in 2006.


Police reported finding about 4 ounces marijuana in the possession of other people in the apartment. Four others were arrested on misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana.


Two of the four—Ronald E. Johnson, 52, and Jessica Nimmo—also live at 1021 W. Holmes St., Apt. A.


Also arrested were Shaun T. Sukup, 30, of 828 E. Milwaukee St., Apt. A, and Darren Lennox, 29, of 205 W. Holmes St.


Lennox told officers he had been buying marijuana from Michael Johnson for months, usually in $10 quantities, the complaint charges.


Lennox told the officers he arrived at Johnson’s home just a few minutes before the cops arrived and in that time bought a $10 bag of marijuana, the complaint charges.



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