Alprazolam possession leads to jail.

July 11, 2017


Alprazolam possession leads to jail.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 40-year-old Branch Township woman who pleaded guilty to alprazolam possession Tuesday, July 11, in 51st Circuit Court faces serving six months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term.

Andrea Mae Johnson, of 823 N. Benson Rd., was arrested May 21 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on US 10 in Amber Township. Johnson testified before Judge Susan K. Sniegowski that she possessed six alprazolam pills.

In exchange for her plea to the possession charge, a second-offense habitual offender notice was dismissed.

In addition to her jail term, Johnson’s sentence will also include a substance abuse evaluation, and she must follow the recommendations, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. She will also serve a probation term, and her driver’s license will be suspended for one year with a restricted license after 60 days, the prosecutor said.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are zero to 11 months, Spaniola said.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

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