Suspect arrested at drug treatment center
KOKH FOX25 (Oklahoma City, OK)
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- A man wanted for allegedly trafficking drugs was arrested while trying to sign himself up for a drug treatment program.
Johnny Michael Brown was arrested while signing himself into Narconon Arrowhead. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to show up for a preliminary hearing in Pittsburg County District Court yesterday.
The hearing was to determine whether there is enough evidence to try Brown on seven felony charges and one misdemeanor count.
Sheriff Snookie Amaranto says Brown had 11-thousand-500 dollars in cash with him when he was arrested.
Brown faces several charges, including a felony count of trafficking an illegal substance, possession of a firearm and unlawful use of video surveillance equipment.
The charges come after police served a search warrant on Brown's home and junk yard in January.
Officers from five agencies seized nearly 200 firearms from Brown's property and a remote blasting detonator.
Man lands in jail after missing his court date
The McAlester News-Capital 18.3.2005
By DOUG RUSSELL
An Alderson man was arrested at Narconon Arrowhead after failing to show up for a preliminary hearing in Pittsburg County District Court.
Johnny Michael Brown is currently being held without bond in the Pittsburg County Jail.
"He didn't give us any trouble," Sheriff Snookie Amaranto said. "He was trying to sign himself in when we went there." When arrested, Brown had $11,500 cash, the sheriff said.
Brown, 47, was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday in Special Judge James Bland's courtroom.
When Brown failed to show up, Bland issued a bench warrant for his arrest and ordered forfeiture of Brown's $205,000 bail.
The preliminary hearing was to determine whether seven felony charges and one misdemeanor charge were justified.
Brown is charged with felony trafficking in illegal drugs and possession of a precursor substance with the intent to distribute or, in the alternative, possession of a precursor substance without a permit. He is also charged with felony counts of possession of a firearm while committing a felony, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and unlawful use of video surveillance equipment in the commission of a felony, as well as a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges stemmed from a January search warrant served on Brown's Alderson home and junk yard.
Officers from five agencies seized close to 200 firearms, including many sawed-off shotguns, from various places around Brown's property while serving the search warrant, as well as suspected drugs and what one officer called a "remote blasting detonator." In addition, officers recovered materials for making false identification cards.
At the time of his initial arrest, Brown was serving a seven- year suspended sentence for possession of a controlled drug with the intent to distribute. At first, a judge ordered a $500,000 bond on an application to revoke the suspended sentence and an additional $500,000 bond for the current charges, but the bond amount was later reduced to $205,000, which Bland ordered revoked.