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Pregnant mother arrested, child taken into protective custody

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Photo/SCSO Janet Johnston
A Highland couple was arrested on drug charges April 30, and a young child was removed from the home after a search warrant by the Highland Police Department yielded methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a shotgun.

According to the affidavit for a warrant, Janet D. Johnston, 39, of Hardy and Jessie Rogers, 51, of Hardy were arrested after officers located several items suspected to be involved in the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, narcotics and prescription medications from their home in Hardy.

In a bedroom shared by the couple, officers confiscated a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Photo/SCSO Jessie Rogers
Other drugs and drug paraphernalia, including, glass smoking pipes, torches, prescription pills, a bag of a crystal rock-type substance, razors, a digital scale and a used syringe were seized.

A 12-gauge shotgun was also recovered in the same bedroom, where a 7-year-old child had been staying.

Officers contacted the Department of Human Services to take custody of the child.

Johnston, who is seven-and-a-half months pregnant, told officers she would fail a drug test for methamphetamine and marijuana, which later proved to be true.

Johnston and Rogers were charged with first degree endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D felony, possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, a Class C felony and possession of drug paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine, a Class D felony.

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