KPD e-Press Release: Traffic Stop for Speeding Leads to Drug and Weapon Arrest

Kingsport Police Department

Press Release

Incident Information

Type of Incident Traffic Stop for Speeding Leads to Drug and Weapon Arrest
Date & Time October 14, 2013

Approximately 1:00 PM

Location of Incident Former Location of Ridgefields Market (No Business Operating at this Time)

449 Ridgefields Road

Kingsport, TN

Suspect Information

Name Willie Johnson
Date of Birth/Age 4/19/1991

22 Years of Age

Race/Sex Black/Male
Last Known Address 259 Wildwood Drive

Bristol, TN

Charge(s) 1) Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon

2) Possession of Schedule II Drug for Resale (Crack Cocaine)

3) Possession of Schedule VI Drug for Resale (Marijuana)

General Narrative

What initially appeared to be a routine traffic stop for speeding conducted by the Kingsport Police Department has led to an individual being arrested on drug and weapons charges.

On October 14, 2013 at approximately 1:00 PM, K.P.D. C.I.D. Detective Corporal Martin Taylor observed a white Buick travelling in excess of the speed limit and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the former location of the Ridgefields Market located at 449 Ridgefields Road in Kingsport. (No business is operating there at this time.)

While the initial focus of the traffic stop was obviously on the driver of the vehicle, during the traffic stop, Det. Cpl. Taylor made contact with a front seat passenger identified as Willie Johnson. Mr. Johnson was found to be in possession of a purple bag containing multiple small baggies of crack cocaine and marijuana packaged for resale.

He was also found to possess several small pink rocks believed to be the street drug “Gravel.” This substance will be sent to the T.B.I. Laboratory for analysis with potential additional criminal drug charges to follow pending those results.

Mr. Johnson also had in his possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. By his own admission, Mr. Johnson is a convicted felon.

K.P.D. Vice Detectives responded and took over the investigation. Mr. Johnson was arrested and charged with:

1) Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon

2) Possession of a Schedule II Drug for Resale (Crack Cocaine)

3) Possession of a Schedule VI Drug for Resale (Marijuana)

For additional information, please contact:

Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

423-229-9433

ThomasMPatton@KingsportTN.gov

Releasing Officer Ptl. Thomas M. Patton

K.P.D. Community Relations & Crime Prevention Unit

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