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Court docs: St. Ignatius school bus contractor traded meth for cash, sex

Posted at 8:31 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 22:31:29-04

POLSON – The former owner and driver of a Mission Valley school bus company faces three felony charges after prosecutors believe that he not only smoked meth on school buses, but also sold meth using cash and sex as payment.

Scott Johnson, 54, faces three felony counts including possession of drugs, criminal distribution of dangerous drugs and endangering the welfare of children.

In court documents, Lake County Chief Deputy County Attorney James Lapotka says an officer pulled Johnson over after he witnessed him buying methamphetamine back in May. That officer later found meth in Johnson’s car and a pipe in his pocket.

A citizen informant then told authorities that Johnson would sell meth in exchange for cash and sexual services. That informant also said Johnson and others would sometimes smoke meth in the school bus barn, on school buses and on the St. Ignatius High School team bus. The informant also stated that Johnson once spilled meth inside a school bus while loading a pipe to smoke it.

The bus barn and two school buses later tested positive for the presence of meth residue, including one which Johnson himself used to drive.