Man sentenced on two drug cases


A Dayton man was sentenced to a total prison sentence of one year and nine months after pleading guilty in two drug cases Monday morning in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.

Joshua R. Johnson, 25, of Dayton, was indicted in June on one count of trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fourth degree, and one count of possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree. Johnson had an earlier indictment in September charging him with one count of possession of heroin, a felony of the fourth degree.

According to Washington City Police patrolman Jonathan Sever’s official report, on July 21, 2014, Sever initiated contact with a vehicle that was parked with no lighting along the roadside. It was reportedly occupied by numerous individuals on Nelson Place near Waverly Avenue.

While making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, an open container of Bud Ice beer was observed in the possession of Johnson, according to reports. Sever went back to his patrol car to make a citation and requested the assistance of officer Charlie Hughes and K-9 Vido. Sever noted in his report that he requested Vido’s assistance because he saw tobacco dumped out on the street beside the car and had located drug paraphernalia inside the same vehicle on a prior occasion.

Vido indicated that there were possible drugs on both sides of the car. A baggie of what was field tested to be heroin was found, along with a baggie of what was tested to be marijuana.

Johnson was then arrested after selling $40 worth of heroin to an undercover Fayette County Sheriff’s Office detective and members of the Ohio Organized Crimes Task Force at 812 Delaware St. in Washington C.H. on Dec. 10.

Johnson pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, a felony of the fourth degree, and was sentenced to nine months in the appropriate correctional institute. The Court ordered that Johnson’s driver’s license be suspended for a period of six months, and that he may be subject to a period of up to three years of supervision by the Adult Parole Authority. Johnson was awarded 82 days jail-time credit and ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.

Johnson then pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin, a felony of the fourth degree, and possession of heroin, a felony of the fifth degree, and was sentenced to 12 months to be served consecutively with the nine months already sentenced, giving Johnson a total of 21 months for the two cases.

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