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Berthold police make drug bust

Pamella Johnson, Stanley, charged with intent to deliver pound of meth

Submitted Photo Berthold police chief Al Schmidt’s K-9 Hunter alerted to the presence of narcotics on cash found in a car stopped early Thursday morning on U.S. Highway 2, according to a police affidavit. Pamella Johnson, Stanley, was subsequently arrested and charged with Class A felony intent to deliver about one pound of methamphetamine, also reportedly found in her vehicle.

Berthold police say one pound of methamphetamine and nearly $10,000 in cash were seized after a woman was stopped along U.S. Highway 2 early Thursday for driving with an inoperable headlight.

Pamella Jo Johnson, 50, Stanley, is charged in district court in Minot with Class A felony intent to deliver methampehtamine and Class C felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney John Gonzalez said during her initial court appearance on Thursday that Johnson was found to be in possession of multiple baggies containing a combined 490 grams of methamphetamine. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Berthold and Carpio Police Officer Greg Pinski, a search of her vehicle also turned up two methamphetamine pipes and $9,122 in cash.

Johnson was stopped for driving a vehicle with an inoperable passenger side headlight on U.S. Highway 2 at 12:54 a.m. Thursday, according to the affidavit. Pinski deemed Johnson’s behavior indicative of possible drug use. He discovered that she had a history of prior drug charges and contacted Berthold Police Chief Al Schmidt to provide back up and to have Schmidt’s police dog sniff Johnson’s vehicle. Johnson declined to get out of the vehicle during the search and she was then placed under arrest for hindering police and placed in the back of a patrol car. Schmidt’s police dog Hunter alerted to the presence of narcotics in Johnson’s vehicle. The dog also alerted to the presence of narcotics on the money taken from Johnson’s car, according to the affidavit.

Judge Doug Mattson set bond at $50,000 cash or corporate surety. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for April 1 before Judge Richard Hagar.

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