Unbeknownst to a Madison Township police officer and his wife, Hilliard police were watching their home in the Davidson Run subdivision for about two months.
On the morning of Wednesday, June 25, Timothy W. Johnson, 56, left his residence to report to work at the Madison Township Police Department.
A short time later, about 6:30 a.m., Hilliard police executed a search warrant at the residence at 3796 Stonesthrow Court E. and found about 1,000 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a yet-to-be-tested substance believed to be cocaine, Hilliard Deputy Chief Bobby Fisher said.
The substance has been sent to a lab for testing, Fisher said.
"There was also evidence that drug abuse had occurred in the house," officer Hyda Slone said.
A cache of prescription drugs also was seized.
Fisher would not comment on whether any of the substances found at the residence were being sold.
Wendy M. Johnson, 50, was arrested at the residence. Her husband was arrested at the Madison Township Police Department, Hilliard police said.
Timothy and Wendy Johnson were each charged with one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.
As the investigation unfolds, additional charges against the Johnsons, as well as new charges against other individuals, are possible, Fisher said.
The Johnsons were arraigned June 26 in Franklin County Municipal Court.
Judge David Tyack released both defendants on a recognizance bond and both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. July 10 in Municipal Court.
"We started an investigation about two months ago, based on a tip," Fisher said.
Because of the open investigation, Fisher would not divulge the origin of the tip or police activity during the investigation that led to the search warrant.
Madison Township police were not aware Hilliard police were investigating the Johnsons until Hilliard informed Madison Township as Timothy Johnson was en route to work June 25, Fisher said.
Hilliard police described Wendy Johnson as "not polite" as officers took her into custody, but the behavior did not warrant any additional charges. Timothy Johnson was taken into custody without incident, police said.
According to Madison Township police, Timothy Johnson is on paid administrative leave. He has been a full-time officer in the department's patrol bureau since April 1998.
Wendy Johnson works at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Slone said.