(CAÑON CITY, Colo.) — The Cañon City Police Department (CCPD) arrested a Pueblo man following a drug bust on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Kevin Johnson, also known as KJ, was found with considerable amounts of narcotics, including heroin, methamphetamines and 88 blue fentanyl pills, per CCPD.

Officers stated that both the heroin and meth field-tested positive for the presence of fentanyl as well. Additionally, detectives discovered a stolen firearm, more than $480, and drug paraphernalia consistent with illegal narcotics distribution.

Shortly before 8 p.m., officers acting on a tip conducted a criminal interdiction traffic stop in the 3100 block of Highway 50. Johnson was driving a black Mercedes sedan with a temporary Colorado registration. The police department’s K9 Merlin and his handler performed an open-air sniff of the vehicle and were alerted to the presence of narcotics within the vehicle.

Johnson was detained and arrested for the following and received a bond of $2,500:

  • Unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, or sale of scheduled I or II controlled substances (CRS 18-18-405) Drug Felony 1
  • Controlled Substance Special Offender (CRS 18-18-407) Drug Felony 1
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (CRS 18-18-428) Petty Offense

Johnson self-posted bail immediately and was released from jail the following day.

Chief of Police, John W. Schick, said the department will engage in more criminal interdiction-style enforcement in hopes to increase arrests and narcotics seizures from detective and patrol units.