MILLERSBURG -- A Carrollton man denied criminal charges he was in possession of drugs and a gun during a March traffic stop.
Cody A. Johnson, 24, of 427 N. Lisbon St., pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia and violation of lanes of travel on a roadway.
If convicted, Johnson faces up to 18 months in prison for the gun violation.
The charges stem from a March 13 traffic stop near the intersection of state Route 241 and County Road 216.
That's where a Holmes County Sheriff's Deputy reportedly stopped Johnson for driving over the white line on the right edge of the road, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun, who said the officer immediately smelled marijuana as he approached the vehicle.
Subsequently, a K-9 alerted to the presence of marijuana, which prompted a search of the vehicle, during which deputies located a marijuana cigarette, drug paraphernalia, a couple of unknown pills and a .45-caliber pistol, which was found on the vehicle's back seat.
Johnson is next scheduled to appear in court for a June 15 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 31.
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