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Man charged after pot sale goes awry

A local man faces robbery charges on accusations he pulled a gun during a marijuana purchase in White City.

Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Darius Savon Tyrone Johnson, 20, at 11:44 p.m. Thursday, after he allegedly pulled a gun on two men in the 3400 block of Sonny Way who were at the townhouse apartment to sell Johnson marijuana, according to court documents filed by police in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The two sellers told police that Johnson ordered them to drop their bags of marijuana at gunpoint, and leave. Johnson reportedly gave chase before the sellers fled on foot.

Johnson allegedly made admissions to police about pulling the gun “because he thought he was being cheated on the deal,” an affidavit filed by Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies in the case.

“Johnson said he gave the handgun and marijuana to another friend on scene who left with all of the items,” the police affidavit states.

The amounts of marijuana believed to be involved were not listed in court records.

Johnson made his initial court appearance Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court on felony counts of first- and second-degree robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. At the hearing, Jackson County Circuit Judge Lorenzo Mejia set Johnson’s bail at $100,000 with terms requiring he check-in weekly upon release, not contact any of the alleged victims and consume no alcohol or intoxicants.

Court and Jackson County Jail records don’t list an address for Johnson, but jail records show that he was born in Medford. As of Saturday afternoon, Johnson remained lodged in jail.

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