Oil City man facing drug, firearm charges

From staff reports

An Oil City man is facing charges after he was allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and an illegal firearm Sunday during an attempted drug deal at the Oil City McDonald’s.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Patrick Lowrey’s office said Eugene Johnson Jr., 33, conspired with another person to deliver two grams of crystal meth for $100.

Johnson arrived at McDonald’s to deliver the drugs, and police made contact with 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 possessing a firearm. He told police he believed the handgun may be stolen, the complaint said.

Johnson is facing 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 facing misdemeanor counts of prohibited possession, possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before Lowrey and placed in the Venango County jail on $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled June 6 in Central Court.