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Marijuana Wedding Gift Lands Lakeland PD Records Clerk & Husband In Jail

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Polk County Sheriffs Press Release

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a newlywed couple on Friday, March 16, 2018,  one of whom works in the Records Department of the Lakeland Police Department, for marijuana possession.


At about 2:04 p.m., in the area of Charlotte Road and Havendale Boulevard in Auburndale, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 2016 Chevrolet, after observing 28-year-old Joshua Johnson of Polk City, driving without having a seat belt on.

Deputies smelled marijuana coming from the car, and Johnson confirmed that he had a marijuana blunt in the ash tray. Johnson, who works for Quality Concrete, also stated that he had marijuana in his wallet. Johnson’s wife, 28-year-old Alysen Johnson, who was in the passenger seat, also admitted to having a blunt in her purse.

Mrs. Johnson told deputies that the couple was married a couple of weeks ago, and a friend gave them a half ounce of marijuana as a wedding gift.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were both arrested and  charged with Possession of Marijuana/Less than 20 grams (M1) and Possession of Paraphernalia (M1), and booked into the Polk County Jail.

For all questions related to Alysen Johnson’s employment, please contact the Lakeland Police Department.

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