Nurse Leslie Johnson charged with drug possession on day one
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Leslie Minter Johnson (Henrico County Detention Center) Mills E. Godwin High School (WRIC screenshot)

Leslie Minter Johnson (Henrico County Detention Center) Mills E. Godwin High School (WRIC screenshot)

A 47-year-old high school nurse in Virginia never made it into the building for the start of the 2023 school year after she was pulled over in the school’s parking lot on the first day of classes last week and charged with a spate of drug offenses involving meth and cocaine, among others.

Leslie Minter Johnson, a nurse at Mills E. Godwin High School, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with two counts of possessing synthetic drugs and one count each of possessing cocaine and possessing methamphetamine, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

The latter two charges are felonies, while the synthetic drugs charges are misdemeanors.

According to a report from Petersburg, Virginia ABC affiliate WRIC-TV, Johnson, a licensed nurse for more than 20 years, was driving to the high school for work at about 8:46 a.m. on Aug. 17 when officers with the Henrico Police Department conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle. The initial reason Johnson’s vehicle was stopped was because she was reportedly driving with expired inspection tags.

The traffic stop was conducted so close to the school that police say Johnson actually came to a stop in the Godwin High School parking lot.

“The traffic stop was initiated on eastbound Ridgefield Parkway, with the driver pulling into the Godwin High School parking lot,” a Henrico Police Department spokesperson said in a statement to Law&Crime. “The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Leslie Minter Johnson. The officer observed several items of drug paraphernalia within the vehicle. Once additional officers arrived on the scene, they conducted a search of the vehicle. Officers located several drugs and drug-related items within the vehicle.”

The police department did not immediately respond to a message from Law&Crime seeking additional details.

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