Crime & Courts

Carpentersville man who threw cocaine at police sentenced to prison

Lamelle T. Johnson, 52, Carpentersville
Lamelle T. Johnson, 52, Carpentersville

A Carpentersville man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after police said he tried to eat a stash of cocaine to conceal it from police, then threw the remaining drugs at an officer who was there to search the man’s home.

The prison sentence was the result of a plea deal that 52-year-old Lamelle T. Johnson’s accepted Thursday, according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Johnson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – a Class X felony typically punishable by as many as 30 years in prison.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Mark D. Stajdohar stated in court that about 4:45 p.m. Nov. 2, 2018, Carpentersville Police used a warrant to search Johnson’s home in the 1100 block of Chippewa Circle, according to the news release.

As police approached the home, Johnson closed and locked his door. Once inside, officers found Johnson in his bedroom “shoving cocaine into his mouth,” according to the release. Johnson proceeded to “throw cocaine” in the face of one officer who was approaching him, according to the release.

Officers found in Johnson’s home just fewer than 28 grams of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $2,790, according to the release.

Police also found three digital scales with cocaine residue and $8,148 in cash, according to the release.

Johnson must serve 50% of his prison sentence, and will receive credit for 342 days that he already spent in the Kane County Jail.

He previously served two years in prison for a 1990 cocaine delivery conviction, and also was convicted of a 2012 charge of driving under the influence, according to the release.

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