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Harrison County sheriff: Felon had crack, cocaine, gun

Ronald Earl Johnson
Ronald Earl Johnson

HARRISON COUNTY -- Authorities said they found close to an ounce of crack cocaine while conducting a traffic stop on Friday.

Harrison County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested Ronald Earl Johnson, 44, of Pass Christian on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon, felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and cocaine possession.

Sheriff Troy Peterson said in a release that deputies found an ounce of crack after pulling him over.

Peterson also said deputies found a small amount of powdered cocaine and a .22 caliber handgun when they executed a search warrant for his residence.

Johnson had previously been convicted twice in Harrison County for controlled substance violations.

He was booked into Harrison County jail, where he is held on a $50,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner.

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