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Woman Jailed After Found With Drugs, Knives In School Parking Lot

Posted On October 20, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Tory E. Johnson. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.

(Bright, Ind.) – A Greendale woman is in jail after being found with drugs and a machete in the parking lot of Bright Elementary School.

The incident happened in the school parking lot on the morning of October 3 when witnesses reported a white Jeep Liberty parked in a lane of travel in the parking lot.

According to a court affidavit, an Indiana Excise Police Officer responded and found 24-year-old Tory E. Johnson asleep in the seat. Upon awakening her, Johnson explained she had stopped at the parking lot in the middle of the night because she couldn’t drive home.

Johnson began to behave erratically. The officer determined Johnson was wanted on a probation violation warrant.

Johnson allegedly resisted being placed in handcuffs, stating that she was afraid of police. She began to pull away and kick at the door of her vehicle while yelling that her lawyer advised her what to do.

A search of Johnson’s vehicle allegedly turned up “several knives and/or swords, including a machete.” Police say they also discovered several pills and a grinder containing plant material believed to be marijuana.

Johnson is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Enhancing Circumstance) (level 6 felony), Possession of a Legend Drug (level 6 felony), Resisting Law Enforcement (class A misdemeanor), Possession of Paraphernalia (class C misdemeanor), and Probation Violation.

Johnson is held on a bond of $20,000 cash and $10,000 surety. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for November 9.