36-year-old Phillip Ryan Johnson of 27th Street Drive N.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police shortly after 6 p.m. last Thursday (April 8) on felony counts of possession of a schedule I controlled substance and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver schedule II & schedule VI controlled substances. He was also charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Johnson was arrested after Officers saw a suspicious vehicle traveling on the 600 block of 2nd Street N.E. The vehicle left the area, coming to a stop at a business address on Highland Avenue N.E. The suspect fled on foot, but was detained a short time later. Officers found a .380 handgun, 51.1 grams of marijuana, 24.4 grams of methamphetamine, 2.1 grams of mushrooms, 6.3 marijuana blunts, 0.2 grams of marijuana wax, $2,155 in cash, and drug paraphernalia.
Johnson was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $60,000 secured. He was still in jail as of this morning (April 13). A first appearance in District Court was scheduled for April 9 with another court date coming up on April 24 in Newton.