Whatever happened to ... After stint at college, teen is back in jail

Whatever happened to ... After stint at college, teen is back in jail

July 28th, 2013 by Beth Burger in Local Regional News

Jumoke Johnson Jr. sits in class at Brainerd High School in 2012. Johnson started college but was arrested on drug charges.

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

Question: Whatever happened to Jumoke Johnson Jr.?

Answer: Johnson, 19, is in the Hamilton County Jail on a $235,000 bond facing three counts of reselling drugs, one count of possessing drug paraphernalia, one count of possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of tampering with evidence.

Johnson was facing other criminal charges in 2012 when he was a student at Brainerd High School. Most of the charges were dismissed, and Johnson graduated.

He attended Miles College in Alabama for a semester after a benefactor read a Chattanooga Times Free Press story about him and offered to pay for four years of college.

Johnson was arrested once at Miles and has been arrested twice since returning to Chattanooga, court records show.

Johnson was found inside a Lylerly Street home July 17 along with a few other men. Police said they found 8.4 ounces of marijuana and 2.7 grams of crack cocaine, digital scales and a loaded Browning 9 mm. Another 30 grams of crack cocaine were found where Johnson was sitting in the back of a police car, according to the arrest report.

His charges were bound over to the Hamilton County grand jury on Friday.

This update was written by staff writer Beth Burger. Contact her at bburger@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6406.

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