Jamel Daquan Johnson's hiding place for the marijuana he allegedly intended to sell was revealed after a bus driver reported the 22-year-old for acting suspiciously, according to court testimony.
Johnson faced a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute during a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing.
The bus driver, who was ferrying inmates performing trash duty on Fort Benning Road Thursday, called police after he noticed Johnson's alleged strange behavior, an officer told the court.
The witness told police that as he approached a bus stop near Trask Drive for inmates to collect trash Thursday, he noticed Johnson remove a brown paper bag from the trash. Johnson then allegedly waited until the inmates changed out the trash can liner, and then put the brown paper bag back in the trash can. He continued to sit on the bench for some time after.
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When police arrived, they searched the trash can and found the brown bag, which allegedly was filled with 11 individual baggies containing suspected marijuana. The total weight of the substance was 13.1 grams, valued at $131.
During Friday's court hearing, Johnson denied touching the brown paper bag and said he was not aware of its contents.
"They didn't find any marijuana in my possession; they didn't find any in my pockets," Johnson said. "Anybody could have put that there."
Judge Michael Joyner pointed out that Johnson had a previous marijuana possession charge earlier in the year. His bond was set at $5,000.