JURY CONVICTS MAN WHO FAILS TO APPEAR FOR TRIAL OF DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE
LOGANSPORT – Prosecutor Noah Schafer announced that Timothy Johnston, 51, of Logansport, was convicted by a jury in Cass Circuit Court of Dealing Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon. Johnston had been ordered by Circuit Court Judge Steve Kitts to appear for the trial on Monday, November 8. When Johnston, who had posted a $20,000 cash bond to secure his release after arrest, failed to appear, Judge Kitts found that Johnston had voluntarily waived his right to be present and allowed the trial to proceed. Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Lupke handled the case.
The jury heard evidence that in June of 2018 Johnston had transported half a pound of methamphetamine to Logansport, which he had obtained through his source in Indianapolis. A subsequent search of Johnston’s home on North 3rd Street in Logansport pursuant to a search warrant revealed a hidden compartment, wherein Johnston had stored multiple firearms, equipment to weigh and package methamphetamine, U.S. currency, and additional methamphetamine which he intended to deliver. Johnston had been previously convicted of Dealing in Methamphetamine in 2012, which qualified him as a serious violent felon, making him ineligible to legally possess a firearm.
The Johnston trial was the sixteenth criminal case to proceed to jury trial in 2021, which is nearly three times the average number of annual trials in the previous decade. Said Prosecutor Noah Schafer: “We’re fighting through the backlog of cases that the COVID shutdown of courts created, and we’re proud of the results.”
Regarding Johnston’s case, Schafer added: “The cat and mouse game that drug dealers play requires constant evolution and improvement in methods of law enforcement. We’re proud to partner with the Cass County Drug Task force to constantly be upgrading technology and law enforcement methods to be one step ahead of those who would bring poison into our county.”
Johnston is scheduled for sentencing on December 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.