Ruston man facing multiple drug charges

Lavonte Ramon Johnson mug shot courtesy of the LPSO

By T. Scott Boatright

Tips concerning possible drug sales resulted in the arrest of a Ruston man Thursday evening.

When officers approached the front door of the residence Lavonte Ramon Johnson, 18, was reported to be in Thursday they say they detected a strong smell of marijuana. After he opened the door and reportedly spoke to them they alleged the odor was even stronger on his person.

After being read his Miranda rights officers say he attempted to put his hands in his pockets and was advised to place them on his head.

Johnson reportedly consented to a search of his person which reportedly revealed a silver digital scale and approximately 14.5 grams of what was suspected to be marijuana.

Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team members then conducted a full search of the residence, revealing 1.75 pounds of methamphetamine, several thousand Xanax tabs, 6.4 grams of cocaine, around 100 oxycodone tabs, 930 of synthetic marijuana and 30 milliliters of promethazine syrup.

The search also revealed two pistols, one of which had been reported to be stolen along with multiple scales and baggies.

Johnson is facing charges of intent to distribute marijuana (two counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, intent to distribute A Schedule III drug (three counts – meth,, cocaine, oxycodone), possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 4 drug (alprazolam), possession with intent to distribute a Schedule V drug (promethazine), illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of CDS; illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and violating uniform controlled substance law (being within 500 feet of a mandated drug free zone).

Pictured are items recovered by LPNET during Thursday night’s arrest of Lavonte Ramon Johnson . (Photo courtesy of the LPSO)

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