A 34-year-old south Minneapolis man faces drug charges after prosecutors say he took delivery of a package that had contained roughly 7 pounds of cocaine.
Tommy C. Johnson remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bond after being charged earlier this week with first-degree drug possession with intent to distribute. His next court date was set for Feb. 14, court records show.
Prosecutors say that on Jan. 4 a drug-sniffing dog alerted airport police to a package sent from California and addressed to Johnson’s residence in the 3900 block of 38th Avenue S. Inside, police said they found about 7 pounds of cocaine — which by some estimates could have fetched roughly $320,000 on the streets.
“The quantity of cocaine recovered is substantially more than a personal use amount and indicates intent to distribute,” read a criminal complaint filed Monday in Hennepin County District Court.
The police removed all but 110 grams — about a quarter of a pound — of the drug and delivered the package to Johnson’s home, according to the complaint. Johnson was later seen driving away with the package and was arrested a short time later, the complaint said.
In a post-arrest interview with police, he admitted to accepting the package, thinking that it might have been intended for his stepson, the complaint said.
He reportedly told investigators that he had opened the package to see if there was something valuable inside and had taken it into his car so as not to jeopardize his family’s safety by opening it inside his home.