By Kyle Lovern
WILLIAMSON – Mingo County law enforcement agencies worked together on a felony drug arrest on Thursday.
Officers said a traffic stop resulted in finding drugs and guns. The driver was a convicted felon and a woman who was his passenger stashed heroin and crack cocaine in her bra.
Shannon Johnson, 24, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy. Megan Jo Mounts, 25, is charged with possession with intent to deliver, concealed carry and conspiracy, according to criminal complaints filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court.
The arrests were made by the U.S. 119 Drug Task Force, which included members of the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office and Williamson detachment of the West Virginia State Police, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities conducted a search during a traffic stop on Wednesday and said Johnson and Mounts were suspects in an ongoing investigation being conducted by the sheriff’s office.
During the search, state troopers found a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, a morphine sulfate pill, five phentermine hydrochloride pills and three sub-Oxone strips in Mounts’ purse, the release said.
Mounts was also hiding a large amount of crack cocaine and heroin in her bra. The cocaine was in a clear plastic bag and further packaged in 55 individual clear plastics bags and there was one individually wrapped clear plastic bag containing heroin.
Johnson allegedly told authorities he purchased the crack cocaine and heroin and carried the gun for his protection.
Authorities discovered that Johnson had a prior felony conviction for trafficking drugs from 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. Johnson’s criminal history also revealed charges for felony probation violations and persons prohibited of possessing of a firearm.
Johnson and Mounts are being held in Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.
(Our news partner WCHS and WVAH Fox TV contributed to this article.)
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)