Morristown man faces heroin charges

A Morristown man arrested on felony heroin charges at the Days Inn on East Andrew Johnson Highway last week remained in the Hamblen County Jail this morning without bond, according to authorities.

Rasshan Hughintis Johnson, 41, allegedly was holding 1 gram of heroin that was packaged in two bags. Police did not field test the suspected heroin because they feared it could be laced with fentanyl, and contact with the powerful painkiller can be dangerous, according to Detective Jason Young, a narcotics investigator with the Morristown Police Department.

Narcotics detectives were conducting a stakeout at the budget motel when Johnson’s girlfriend approached them and reported that she feared Johnson would kill her, and that he had drugs and money in a rented room, according to a warrant.

During a subsequent consensual search of the room, police allegedly found pieces of Xanax pills, $4,116 in cash and a broken glass drug pipe, according to Young.

The arrest warrant does not identify Johnson’s current girlfriend by name, but the defendant had an outstanding warrant for aggravated domestic assault, aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and vandalism in connection with an alleged menacing break-in at the Hale Avenue residence of Jennifer Louthan. That arrest warrant identifies Louthan as Johnson’s girlfriend.

Johnson allegedly forced his way inside Louthan’s home by busting through the exterior carport door, according to MPD Detective Phil Hurst.

Once inside, he allegedly caused Louthan and her children to fear serious injury or death by threatening them with a kitchen knife, according to MPD Detective Phil Hurst. Before leaving Johnson allegedly stole Louthan’s purse, which contained approximately $1,000 in cash, according to a warrant.