21-year-old Elgin woman arrested after dealing drugs for third time

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KERSHAW COUNTY, S.C. (WACH)-- A 21-year-old Elgin woman is now behind bars after deputies found heroin, marijuana and a stolen gun during a traffic stop.

Alexia Shontae Johnson has been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and possession of a stolen pistol.

According to Kershaw County Chief Deputy Jack Rushing, investigators discovered evidence that Johnson had been selling multiple pounds of marijuana and other drugs over the past year.

In 2017, narcotics investigators executed a search warrant on a home where Johnson and her boyfriend were living. During that search deputies seized a large quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and crack.

Johnson's boyfriend claimed ownership of the drugs and was arrested.

Following that incident, deputies say Johnson moved their drug dealing operations to her new home on Smyrna Road.

Deputies received word that several illegal narcotics were being sold from the home and initiated surveillance on Johnson's home periodically for months.

On Feb. 13, four narcotics investigators that had been keeping the home on surveillance observed Johnson leaving the home in a burgundy Dodge Nitro.

Two of the investigators conducted a traffic stop on Johnson, smelled a marijuana odor and conducted a search of her vehicle. Inside deputes found two book bags that contained approximately seven and a half ounces of marijuana, scales, two grams of heroin and a stolen pistol.

Johnson was placed under arrested and transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

She was already out on bond from an arrest by the Elgin Police Department and an arrest by the Camden Police Department.

Both of those arrests were for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Due to the fact that Johnson has already been released from jail on bond for those two arrest, the 5th Circuit Solicitors Office along with KCSO, is asking for a high bond an will request that her previous bonds be revoked.

“The fact that our narcs are making more and more heroin arrests from people who are also carrying guns is alarming,” said KCSO Chief Deputy Jack Rushing. “Two previous arrests for drugs has obviously not taught Ms. Johnson a lesson. We hope that the magistrate who sets bond will take all of this into consideration when setting a new bond.”

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