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Gary reserve officer’s home raided in drug bust

Updated: January 7, 2013 7:18AM



GARY — Police raided the Brunswick home of Gary reserve officer James Johnson Jr. early Wednesday, arresting Johnson, his brother and two women, including a graduate of Gary’s drug court program.

Johnson, 46, is also a Gary City Court bailiff, a position terminated when Judge Deidre Monroe learned of his arrest.

“With me, one strike and you’re out,” Monroe said. Johnson had a contract to work every Saturday morning.

He is expected to be removed from the reserve roster as well, sources said.

The Narcotics-Vice Unit obtained a tip about crack cocaine being sold at various locations on the west side of the city and began conducting surveillance, Lt. Thomas Ruzga said.

Detectives followed the drug dealer to 824 Burr St., where Johnson lives with his brother, William Johnson, 40, who is expected to be charged with dealing cocaine.

When the SWAT team raided the house about 6 a.m., police found materials for cooking crack cocaine and other paraphernalia. They seized crack and the reserve officer’s Glock semiautomatic weapon.

James Johnson Jr. is being held facing charges of maintaining a common nuisance. His girlfriend, Latasha Hutch, 20, who completed the drug court program, and Mariah McClellan, 34, were charged with visiting a common nuisance.



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