Jail term ordered in Aurora drug bust

Jason Johnson

FLORENCE, Wis. — An Aurora, Wis., man who accepted a plea deal on charges from a February 2017 drug bust at his apartment was sentenced Friday in Florence County Court to 30 days in jail and two years of probation.

Jason Michael Johnson, 42, previously pleaded guilty to felony charges of bail jumping and possession of marijuana-second or subsequent offense.

The KIND Drug Enforcement Team alerted the Florence County Sheriff’s Office in late January 2017 that Johnson, originally from Chicago, reportedly was bringing heroin and other drugs to a C&R Cabins apartment so he and two women could sell them in the area, according to the criminal complaint.

An informant told the sheriff’s office on Feb. 8, 2017, that Johnson had returned to Florence County earlier in the week with a “large quantity” of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana.

Florence deputies, with the assistance of a special team from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, raided the apartment Feb. 9, 2017 to find 25-year-old Paige L. Foreman of Aurora and 32-year-old Brandi L. Squires of Kingsford reportedly smoking crack cocaine, according to the complaint.

A search of the apartment turned up a straw with powder residue, spoons with brownish residue, several pipes of the type used to smoke crack cocaine, copper mesh screens, packaged marijuana, measuring scales, plastic bags, and used and fresh needles, the complaint states.

Field tests showed positive results for heroin on the straw and spoons, cocaine on the pipe, and tetrahydrocannibinols in the marijuana, according to the complaint.

Deputies also found two bundles of cash totaling $6,830 in Johnson’s silver Mercedes-Benz vehicle parked outside.

Squires was sentenced to jail time, while Foreman’s case was dismissed after she was sentenced to prison for unrelated drug charges in Dickinson County.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.