Bogalusa man arrested, drugs nabbed

Published 10:58 am Monday, March 26, 2018

A Bogalusa man was arrested Tuesday, March 20, after law enforcement officers found a large quantity of drugs in a residence, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that the WPSO Drug Task Force, along with agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, obtained a warrant and searched a Bogalusa residence at 802 Ave. C on March 20. Haley said that slightly less than one kilo (a little less than 2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine was seized, along with a smaller amount of marijuana.

The resident, Aaron Bertram Johnson, 42, was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail.

Johnson was placed in jail charged with one count of distribution of Schedule I drugs, two counts of distribution of Schedule II drugs, criminal neglect of family (non-support) and failure to honor a written promise. He was released on March 23 after posting a $111,000 bond, Haley said.

Haley noted that this is Johnson’s third Washington Parish arrest. The first arrest was in February of 2008, when he was charged with criminal damage to property. He was released the same day after posting a $5,000 bond. In July of 2015, he was arrested for resisting arrest by fleeing from officers, having an open container in his vehicle and failure to honor a written promise. He stayed in jail three days before posting a $1,000 bond for his release.

“Once again we combined with our Drug Enforcement Administration partners to remove a drug dealer from the streets of our parish,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Good investigative work developed enough evidence to obtain the search warrant and to shut down Mr. Johnson’s illegal drug operation. Good job, Drug Task Force and DEA. I am so pleased with all you are doing for our parish.”