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DECATUR — A Decatur man caught carrying a backpack stuffed with illegal and illegally possessed drugs was sentenced to 24 months probation.

Durames K. Johnson, 33, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court Thursday where he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver while having a prior possession of controlled substance conviction.

The guilty plea was part of a plea deal negotiated by his attorney, Kevin Markes, that saw nine other drug possession and drug manufacture/delivery charges dismissed. Johnson was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,150 and a $100 lab fee.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said patrol officers found Johnson sitting on the porch of a vacant house in the 900 block of West Marietta Street clutching a backpack on the evening of Aug. 15, 2018. A search of the backpack revealed more than an ounce of cannabis, 12.5 grams of powdered cocaine, 93 tablets of ecstasy, 23 amphetamine pills, 80 tablets of alprazolam (brand name Xanax) and one Oxycodone pill.

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The affidavit went on to list numerous plastic baggies, two electronic scales and two cellphones in the backpack. A search of Johnson showed he had $480 in his pockets and police said the cash was in what was described as denominations consistent with proceeds from street-level drug sales.


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