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Mitchell man arrested in rural Fedora for ingestion of controlled substance

FEDORA — A Mitchell man was arrested for felony ingestion of a controlled substance in relation to a late 2017 incident involving a death in rural Miner County.

According to court documents, Miner County deputies were investigating a possible drug overdose death on Nov. 19, 2017, in rural Fedora, when they were flagged down by an area farmer who said there was a man sitting in the ditch north of the residence.

When officers made contact with the man, 30-year-old Richard Johnson, who said friends had dropped him off on the road and he was waiting for his wife to pick him up.

Officers determined he was with the deceased person, but did not know the person had died, according to court documents.

Johnson allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana with his friends the night before, and a urinalysis tested positive for marijuana and opiates.

Johnson was charged with one Class 5 felony charge of unauthorized ingestion of a controlled substance, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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