Deputy jailer arrested for smuggling drugs into jail

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A Floyd County deputy jailer found himself on the other side of a jail cell door, after authorities were tipped off that he was attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail.

After receiving the tip, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office deployed its drug dog to a car owned by 24-year-old Dustin Johnson, of Minnie, and the dog indicated that there was something inside. Deputies then went to Johnson and informed him of the allegation against him, and he gave them permission to search the vehicle.

Inside the trunk, deputies reported finding a blue plastic bag containing several bags of meth, suboxone, lyrica and marijuana, as well as tobacco, loose cigarettes, e-cigarettes and a cell phone with charger.

Johnson later admitted to police that he had been paid $1,500 to deliver the items to an inmate. He added that he had done the same thing on two previous occasions in the past two months.

Johnson is now charged with official misconduct, four counts of drug trafficking, promoting contraband and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Pike County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond.