HCSO: Convicted felon tried to hide gun, meth after wreck

Jeff Bobo • Dec 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man who allegedly hid meth and a gun under some leaves near where he crashed into a guardrail last week is facing multiple charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dustin Winter responded to a single-vehicle crash on Nov. 25 on Goshen Valley Road near Church Hill, where he located Geoffery Rick Johnson standing beside a van that had hit a guardrail.

A computer check of the vehicle’s license plate showed it had been reported stolen out of Johnson County.

A search of Johnson allegedly revealed him to be in possession of a partially smoked marijuana joint and a small bottle containing four Seroquel pills and one partial Suboxone pill, as well as several 9mm bullets.

Winter stated in his report that a witness told him she observed Johnson remove a black box from the vehicle and bury it in the leaves beside the vehicle.

That box was recovered by Winter, who said he used a key from Johnson’s key ring to open it.

Winter said the box contained one gram of meth, 5.2 grams of marijuana, four syringes, 27 baggies, one spoon, and one pack of rolling papers.

“I returned to the location where the box was, and found a 9mm Ruger pistol hidden in the leaves,” Winter stated in his report. “(Johnson) stated post Miranda that the firearm was in his possession and that he hid the weapon and the box containing the narcotics before I arrived.”

Johnson was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule III narcotics, simple possession of marijuana, possession of legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and use of stolen plates.

Johnson, 56, 2100 Isaac Ave., Church Hill, was arraigned Nov. 27 and released from the Hawkins County Jail on $5,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on March 30.

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