Police: Jail smuggling plan halted
Published 2:29 am Monday, April 12, 2010
By By Lisa Tindell
An undercover operation resulted in the arrest of an East Brewton woman on drug charges last week after police said they suspected she was attempting to smuggle drugs into the county jail.
The arrest was one of four drug arrests in recent days by the Brewton Police Department’s narcotics unit.
Sgt. Bryan Davis, supervisor of the narcotics division, said his unit, along with assistance from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department and the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, performed an undercover operation on April 1 that landed an East Brewton woman in jail.
Jessica Pace, 25, was arrested and charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana), second-degree conspiracy to promote prison contraband, unlawful possession of a controlled substance (Lortab and Xanax), first-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During the meeting, Davis said Pace delivered marijuana, tobacco, cash and other contraband items to the officer.
On April 6, officers with Brewton Police, the BPD Narcotics Division and the Special Response Team executed a search warrant at a Bradley Street residence, Davis said. The action resulted in three arrests with individuals being charged for a variety of drug crimes.
Morris Brown, 47, also known as “Tubbie,” of 224 Bradley St., was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree possession of marijuana, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tiffany Johnson, 30, and Johnny Johnson, 32, were arrested at an apartment at Brewington Pointe Apartments at 312 Scott St., Davis said.
Davis said digital scales, plastic bags typically used to package illegal narcotics and other paraphernalia were found at the residence.
Following the discovery of the drugs, paraphernalia and weapons, Davis said agents located Morris, who was the main target of the investigation, at the apartment on Scott Street, which is the residence of Morris’ girlfriend.
Johnny Johnson, of Flomaton, was present at the home of Tiffany Johnson when agents arrived at the home, Davis said.
Tiffany Johnson was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Johnny Johnson was charged with two counts of first-degree possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
All three suspects were transported to the Escambia County Detention Center where they were booked on the charges.
Jessica Pace is being held at the Escambia County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. Johnny Johnson remains in jail on a $5,000 consolidated bond. Morris Brown and Tiffany Johnson have been released on consolidated bonds of $5,000 each.