A Midlands woman was arrested and charged Tuesday for allegedly selling drugs from her home.
Alexia Shontae Johnson, 21, of Elgin, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a stolen pistol, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
Johnson allegedly sold pounds of marijuana and other drugs over the past year, according to Chief Deputy Jack Rushing.
Johnson was under surveillance, and on Tuesday narcotics investigators conducted a traffic stop on Johnson where they smelled the odor of marijuana and searched her vehicle.
Inside two book bags, deputies located about 7 1/2 ounces of marijuana, scales, 2 grams of heroin and a stolen Glock .40 cal. pistol, according to the sheriff’s office.
Johnson was arrested and taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center, the sheriff’s office said. Johnson 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.
“The fact that our narcs are making more and more heroin arrests from people who are also carrying guns is alarming,” Rushing said in a news release. “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.”
In 2017, sheriff’s investigators searched a home where Johnson and her boyfriend were living, and deputies seized a large quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and crack, according to the sheriff’s office. Johnson’s boyfriend claimed ownership of the drugs in that case and she was not arrested.
Following that incident, Johnson moved their drug dealing operations to her new residence on Smyrna Road, the sheriff’s office said.