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LPD seize drugs allegedly intended for distribution;arrest made

Lawton_Lawton Police seized more than 8,000 worth of crack cocaine, along with 30 grams of marijuana, and more than $2,000 in cash, from a home on Lawton's west side this week.  Police say they arrested Marcus Johnson on Monday afternoon on possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.  Police say six children were living in the home at the time, and Johnson also faces a previous drug charge.  He was out on bond when he was arrested again.

Johnson was still waiting to be tried for his June arrest, when police recovered crack cocaine, marijuana, and several different types of pills in his home.  This time, there was so much of it, Johnson will be charged with trafficking, and will be required to serve a minimum of 85% of his sentence. 

When Lawton Police executed a narcotics search warrant on Johnson's home, drugs were in plain sight all over the house.  "Well, this guy is definitely a dealer.  He's definitely getting it out to the people on the streets," said Lawton Police Detective David Schucker.  Police say that neither Johnson nor his live-in girlfriend have jobs, and justify their drug operation as trying to make a living for their family - not for profit.  "It's a really sad situation because there's marijuana and cocaine all over the house, and young kids - six young kids- that had easy access to it," said Schucker.  "Thank God, they didn't get to it."

Police say they are happy no one else is getting to the drugs, either.  "Crack cocaine is much more addictive and deadly than powder cocaine, so it's a good thing we're getting this off the street," he said.  There was such a large amount of drugs in the house, police say Johnson will face trafficking charges.  "The trafficking weight for crack cocaine is five-grams," said Schucker.  "We found about eight times the amount required to charge someone with trafficking."

Police say that all of the children in the home are elementary school ages, and during previous drug raids there, the children have been at home.  This time, police say that they went to the home while the children were still in school.

Johnson's girlfriend was not arrested, but police say they have been working with social workers to determine how to get the kids to a safer environment. 

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