NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Lagentrius A. Johnson, 53, of Alliance was served with a Tuscarawas County Grand Jury indictment for three felony counts of trafficking in drugs that occurred in December 2009.

LEAD Detectives became aware of illegal drug activity Johnson was involved in during the summer of 2007 through information provided by local police officers, sheriff's deputies, adult parole authority agents and state troopers, as well as other sources.

Detectives believe that Johnson was involved as a higher player in the local drug business and that he had several people selling for him as well as operating what is known on the streets as "trap houses," where dealers are allowed to set up operations and sell from a residence in exchange for money and/or drugs paid to the legal occupant.

Investigations in and around Dover, New Philadelphia, Dennison, Uhrichsville, Midvale, Roswell, Mineral City and Newcomerstown led to the controlled buys from Johnson. The drugs sold are believed to be cocaine and crack cocaine.

Johnson, who is known on the street as "Torchy" and "Ghost" is currently incarcerated in the Mansfield Correctional Institution serving a two-year sentence for possession of drugs, forgery and tampering with records in Summit County. He was arraigned in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court May 26 and transported back to Mansfield Correctional immediately afterward. He will be scheduled for trial at a later date for the current local charges.