Drug possession charges dismissed against Johnson

Paul Isaac Johnson, 33, Brainerd, had one felony count of fifth degree possession of drugs dismissed in Morrison County District Court, Nov. 15.

On Aug. 12, the criminal complaint said a Morrison County deputy was sent to Randall on a report of a man waving his arms around and appearing to be under the influence of something.

When the officer arrived at the scene, they asked the man for identification. He went to his car and retrieved a backpack for his identification.

Identified as Johnson, the officer noted he seemed nervous, was sweating heavily and was animated and jittery. From the officer’s experience, he believed Johnson was under the influence of a controlled substance.

The officer noted syringes in the backpack while Johnson was looking for identification. Also in the backpack  was a baggie containing syringes and a spoon wrapped in toilet paper. Other baggies contained a white residue.

Johnson was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, which later tested positive for methamphetamine. Johnson was also in possession of marijuana, the criminal complaint said.

Assistant Attorney Todd Kosovich said the charges were dismissed due to an issue regarding evidence. He said the matter has been corrected and a new complaint has been signed.