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Traffic stop leads to multiple drug charges for passenger

October 15th, 2013 3:32 pm by Nick Shepherd

Traffic stop leads to multiple drug charges for passenger

Willie Johnson

KINGSPORT — A routine traffic stop led to multiple drug and weapons charges for a Brisol man, according to a police report. 

Willie Johnson, 22, 259 Wildwood Drive, Bristol, was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of schedule II drug for resale (crack cocaine) and possession of schedule VI drug for resale (marijuana). 

The incident began on Monday when officers with the Kingsport Police Department observed a white Buick speeding and pulled the car over. During the stop, the officer made contact with a passenger in the car. The passenger was Johnson. 

"This is an example of our officers going beyond the stop," said KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton. "Our officers are trained to go beyond the stop. They don't have tunnel vision." 

After a routine investigation, Johnson was found to be in possession of a purple bag containing multiple small baggies of crack cocaine and marijuana which was packaged for resale, according to the police report. 

Johnson was also found to be in possession of several small pink rocks, which officers believe to be the street drug "Gravel." The substance was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Laboratory for analysis. Additional criminal drug charges could be placed pending the test results. 

Police said they also found Johnson to be in possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Johnson admitted to police he was a convicted felon. 

KPD vice detectives responded and took over the investigation. 

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