Highland Co. man arrested in Blanchester on meth warrants


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Blanchester police say they arrested a man who was wanted on felony warrants from Highland County.

At around 10 p.m. Thursday night, Officer Ian Courtney was on patrol when he passed a white van being driven by a man he recognized as Darren Ray Johnson, 56, according to Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.

According to online court records, Johnson is from Bethel, Ohio.

“Courtney was aware that Johnson was wanted by the Highland County sheriff for multiple felony offenses, and stopped Johnson’s car in the 100 block of South Grove Street,” said Reinbolt.

Courtney arrested Johnson on the Highland County warrants, which included methamphetamine-related felony charges, said Reinbolt.

Johnson was indicted by a Highland County Grand Jury Nov. 6 on two counts of aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, a fifth-degree felony, according to online court records.

No contraband was found on Johnson or in his vehicle; two other occupants of the vehicle were checked for warrants and released at the scene, Reinbolt said.

Johnson was taken to the Clinton County Jail to await transport to Highland County.

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