ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- From his hospital bed to a cell, an Albuquerque man, critically injured after being shot, faced a judge Saturday. He is accused of hiding drugs on his body while he was hospitalized.
Police arrived at Juan Tabo and Central last week to find 34-year-old Stacy Johnson shot several times. He was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital to be treated. Now, instead of a hospital gown, Johnson is wearing orange.
“Mr. Johnson, you are charged in a criminal complaint with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence,” said the judge.
Johnson appeared before a judge on Saturday still wearing bandages on his face, neck and hand after his doctor called the cops on him.
A criminal complaint says when Johnson originally arrived at UNM, doctors only did an initial evaluation of his injuries. But when staff took a closer look two days later, they discovered cocaine in Johnson’s groin area, allegedly packaged to be sold.
Court officials say this isn’t Johnson’s first run in with the law, especially when it comes to drugs.
“We did locate eight felony arrests with two convictions, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor abating arrest in Texas in 2009,” said the court background official.
When it was the judge’s turn to talk, Johnson kept interrupting.
“You’ve been unemployed for five years, you have eight felony arrests, two convictions, you’re gonna speak when I’m done, but yes you may speak, but not you’re not speaking at the same time that I’m speaking,” said the judge.
When he was allowed to speak, Johnson told the judge why he needed to be let out of jail. “I have an interview at a job at Albuquerque Cab on Monday,” said Johnson.
The judge set Johnson’s bond at $20,000 cash or surety after considering his criminal history; court records show police have arrested Johnson in the past for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and gun charges.
The night of the shooting APD said it interviewed Johnson’s alleged shooter but were not filing charges at that time.