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Media Advisory: Richland County Sheriff's Office
Thursday, March 17, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the arrest of Steven Delane Johnson (DOB 7-3-89). Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Johnson was not only charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Distribution of a Controlled Substance within the Proximity of a school but was also found to possess contraband believed to be headed to the Department of Corrections.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that on March 14, 2011, Deputies were Patrolling the Rolling Hills Community in an effort to prevent burglaries and witnessed Johnson walking on St. Michaels Road wearing a backpack. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that upon further investigation Deputies found Johnson in possession of a large quantity of marijuana, packaged individually in small plastic baggies, stuffed inside of a plastic bottle covered in duct tape. The Sheriff added that Johnson also possessed several plastic bottles, covered in duct tape, which possessed cellular telephones and tobacco.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that it is not uncommon for inmates to communicate with criminals on the outside to get contraband in to the jails. The Sheriff added that often criminals will throw contraband over jail facility fencing in an attempt to get it to inmates. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in this case the proactive efforts of the patrol deputies successfully stopped this from happening.

The Sheriff is asking that anyone wishing to receive a cash reward of up to $1000 and knows of anyone attempting to sell drugs or smuggle contraband in to any jail facility should contact Midlands Crimestoppers.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

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