OC man accused of attempted restaurant drug deal waives

From staff reports

An Oil City man accused of having methamphetamine and an illegal firearm last month during an attempted drug deal at the Oil City McDonald’s waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.

Eugene Johnson Jr., 33, is charged with felony counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, possession of firearm prohibited and firearms not to be carried without a license. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of make repairs/sell offensive weapon, possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Patrick Lowrey’s office said Johnson conspired with another person to deliver two grams of crystal meth for $100 on May 27.

Johnson arrived at McDonald’s to deliver the drugs, and police contacted him and took him into custody, the complaint said.

Johnson was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine, a set of brass knuckles and more than $1,900 in cash. Police found in his vehicle a plastic bag containing smaller baggies with spiders printed on them and a handgun in plain view, the complaint said.

Johnson was known to police to be a person prohibited from having a firearm. He told police he believed the handgun may be stolen, the complaint said.

He remains in the Venango County jail on $50,000 bail.