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Woman charged with bringing contraband into jail after traffic stop arrest

Tiffany Marie Johnson

Thursday, April 28, 2022 - A Fort Smith, Ark., woman was charged April 25 with bringing contraband into a jail, a felony.

Tiffany Marie Johnson, 33, could face up to five years in the State Penitentiary, a fine of up to $1,000 or both if she is convicted. Johnson was also charged with four misdemeanors: possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain insurance or security.

On April 10, an officer with the Roland Police Department was on patrol when he spotted a silver Toyota traveling north on Woodland Hills Boulevard with its tag light out, prompting him to initiate a traffic stop.

The officer explained to Johnson why he stopped her, and he asked for her driver’s license and proof of insurance. The report states that a nervous Johnson said, “I’m test-driving this car. It isn’t mine.” Johnson gave the officer a Colorado driver’s license, and dispatch later informed him Johnson’s Oklahoma license had been suspended.

Johnson was placed under arrest for driving under suspension and for not having insurance coverage.

A search of the vehicle turned up a set of digital scales with a powdery, white substance on the inside cover, along with several clear baggies.

Before arriving at the police department, Johnson was asked several times if she had anything illegal on her, and each time, Johnson said no. Once at the police department, the officer checked his passenger seat to make sure Johnson hadn’t dumped anything. He found a glass smoking pipe with a white substance on the inside, along with a clear wrapper covered with a white powder.

Once inside the jail, Johnson was searched. A dispatcher soon asked the officer to meet her in the hallway with gloves and an evidence bag. Johnson reportedly had a small, clear baggie of a white, crystalline substance, and a thin yellow paper containing the same substance on her person. Altogether, the bags weighed 2.72 grams, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Johnson was then transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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