On December 19, 2019 at approximately 8:50 p.m., detectives from the Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) conducted an undercover purchase of two ounces methamphetamine from three suspects in the parking lot of a business in Cadillac. After the purchase, the suspects drove off in a late model Jeep Cherokee. Uniform troopers in fully marked patrol vehicles initiated a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle attempted to elude troopers which resulted in a collision. A single shot was discharged by an officer. No one was struck by the round. A short pursuit followed and the precision immobilization technique (PIT) was utilized to end the pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect threw the buy money from the vehicle. Most of the money was recovered and a stolen handgun was located inside the suspect vehicle. The three suspects were treated for minor injuries and released from Munson Cadillac Hospital.
The group came up from Grand Rapids to make the drug deal. The driver is 33-year-old Andrew Drew Johnson of Jenison. The front passenger is a 33-year-old male from the Grand Rapids area, and the rear seat passenger is a 30-year-old female from Grand Rapids.
Johnson and the two passengers were lodged in the Wexford County Jail. Johnson was charged and arraigned today on two counts Delivery/Manufacture Methamphetamine, both counts are felonies punishable by 20 years and/or $25,000.00; one count Fleeing and Eluding, a felony punishable by two years and/or $2,000.00; one count Tampering with Evidence, a felony punishable by 10 years and/or $20,000.00; one count Maintaining a Drug House, a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or $25,000.00; and one count Habitual Fourth Offense Notice, punishable by life. The male suspect is being held on charges from another jurisdiction. The female is being released at this time pending further investigation.
Johnson is being held in the Wexford County Jail on a $250,000.00 10% cash bond.
The Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) is a multijurisdictional task force covering 8 counties and consisting of detectives from the Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee, Leelanau, Antrim, Benzie and Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Offices, along with the Traverse City Police Department, and Michigan State Police.