By Joe Bachman
PLOVER — A Plover man will face multiple charges of selling cocaine in the area, after an undercover investigation led to his arrest.
According to police reports, on Sept. 26, an arrangement was made through a confidential informant for the purchase of cocaine from the defendant, later identified as 26-year-old Joshua Johnston, at his residence on the 3300 block of Mission Ln. The sale was in the amount of $600, with a total of 9.9 grams of cocaine between six baggies worth.
On Oct. 3, a similar purchase was made in the same location in the amount of $400 dollars for 7.2 grams of cocaine. On Dec. 5, a similar purchase was made in the same location in the amount of $350 for 4.4 grams of cocaine. On Dec. 7, yet another purchase was made in the amount of $700 for 16.1 grams worth. On the last sale, police noted that the cocaine had contained adulterants mixed in it, including what appeared to be crushed pills.
After police issued a search warrant on the premises on Dec. 7, authorities found 3.7 grams inside of the residence, as well as digital scales, cutting agents, text messages on the defendant’s cell phone consistent with the sale of narcotics, and 215.8 grams of marijuana. Johnston claimed his intention was to make pot brownies with the marijuana.
Johnston allegedly admitted to selling cocaine to at least 10 different customers in the area.
If convicted, Johnston faces up to 80 years imprisonment, for multiple charges of selling cocaine, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and bail jumping. His next date in court is scheduled for Jan. 22.