Samuel Johnson of Kansas City gave police the keys to the front door this week in hopes that they would find out who broke into his East Side home. What police found instead was duffel bags full of marijuana and crack cocaine, and now Johnson is behind bars and faces charges.
According to court documents, police responded to a burglar alarm at Johnson's home in the 3000 block of East 68th Street early Tuesday morning. When they arrived, they found security bars removed from a window. Johnson wasn't home at the time, but met police there and gave them written and verbal permission to search the home for an intruder. Police say that Johnson even handed them his house keys.
Police say that they found broken glass by the back door, but they also noticed the strong smell of marijuana. While checking a closet, they found several duffel bags containing individually wrapped, brick-sized blocks of pot. They also found 151 grams of crack cocaine and almost 90 rounds of ammuntion.
"You never know who's your next door neighbor until something happens in your area then you have to find out the hard way," neighbor Deaundrea Elliott told FOX 4 News.
Johnson, who is now in federal custody without bond until his trial, was convicted of drug trafficking in Jackson County in 2001, and received a 10-year sentence. Now he faces charges of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. It's not clear yet if he will face charges for the marijuana.