New Castle News

May 3, 2013

Police: Man in boxers hid drugs in pants

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A man arrested in his underwear after a domestic dispute allegedly had drugs hidden in his pants.

New Castle police charged Kenneth Johnson, 45, of 736 Ridge St. in connection with both incidents.

A search of Johnson’s home after his arrest also turned up drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Police were called to a house on Hanna Street where a woman said she had gone after she and Johnson had been involved in an argument at the Ridge Street address, around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

She told police Johnson had hit her repeatedly in the head and face and police said she suffered a black eye and lump on her head.

She said Johnson had told her to get out of their house and threatened to kill her. She said she left in her nightgown. The woman declined medical treatment, police said.

When officers went to arrest Johnson at his house, he was wearing boxer shorts and a T-shirt and holding back his pit bull.

The arresting officer said he told Johnson to secure the dog and put on a pair of pants for court. Johnson refused, then he got a pair of gray sweat pants but refused multiple times to put them on, police said.

The officer handcuffed him and grabbed Johnson’s pants and Johnson said again he did not need them. He was placed in a holding cell at the police station and when officers searched the pants, they found 13 stamp bags with 2.4 grams of suspected heroin and a plastic bag containing 21 rocks — 3.1 grams — of suspected crack cocaine.

Police and members of the district attorney’s drug task force then obtained a search warrant for Johnson’s house and car and found multiple suspected marijuana cigarette butts and residue inside the passenger seat of his Audi.

Among items found in the house were suspected synthetic marijuana and suspected stamp bags.

Johnson is charged with two counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of controlled substances, and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment.

He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie and committed to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.