Alprazolam possession leads to jail.

August 15, 2017

Andrea Johnson in 51st Circuit Court.

Alprazolam possession leads to jail.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 40-year-old Branch Township woman convicted of alprazolam possession was sentenced to serve six months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Andrea Mae Johnson, of 823 N. Benson Rd, pleaded guilty, July 11.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski also ordered two years probation and gave Johnson credit for 85 days served in jail.

Johnson’s attorney, Al Swanson Jr., said his client is taking strides to battle her substance abuse problems and has been attending AA while in jail.

She was arrested May 21 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office on US 10 in Amber Township. Johnson testified that she possessed six alprazolam pills.

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

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

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