30-year-old James Johnson was apprehended at the Travelodge in Easliegh after Law Enforcement received a hotel staff complaint regarding a strong cannabis odor originating from Johnson’s hotel room.
Upon arrival, the officers discovered James Johnson sporting a women’s bra over his shirt as he filled his hotel bathtub with potatoes while twisted out of his mind on MDMA.
According to the report, Johnson and his childhood friends decided to have a small, 1-night stay at the travel lodge… however, their initial plans for a small get together turned into a 5-day bender of non-stop psychedelic consumption.
Upon searching the trio’s room, Law Enforcement confiscated a small galaxy of drugs which included MDMA, 5-MAPB, and 2CB….and of course, they found a bathtub full of potatoes.
“They saw Johnson with the bag of potatoes and in women’s clothing.” Said James Kellam “It may be this that led officers to believe that he was intoxicated.”
Johnson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute, due to the large quantity of drugs which were seized from both Johnson’s home and hotel room.
During an interview, Johnson said he had bought the drugs off of a darknet market for around £750. However, after testing, a drug expert with the local police department estimated the true value of the drugs was around £300. According to the expert, some of the drugs tested turned out to be inert (fake).
Johnson, who works as a volunteer, told the courts that he stopped taking his prescribed medication when he began taking the class A drugs… which caused his bizarre behavior in the Travelodge.
Mitigating, Unyime Davies said that Johnson was “remorseful” and was an “intelligent man who made a mistake”.
Ultimately, Johnson was sentenced to an 18-month community order and is required to carry out 9 months of drug rehab.
When Johnson was questioned by Judge Peter Henry at Southampton Crown Court as to why he had done it, Johnson replied: “It felt like the right thing to do at the time.”