By William James Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A warrant execution on Wednesday, Dec. 6 led to the arrest of a Crockett man on first degree felony drug charges.

William Dewayne Johnson, 45, was arrested and taken into custody after officers with the Crockett Police Department executed a search and arrest warrant at 104 Oak St.

Johnson, aka “Dirtbag,” was the subject of the arrest warrant.  After the police knocked on the door and identified themselves, Dirtbag answered the door.

“The occupant that opened the door was identified by me (Lt. Clayton Smith) as William Johnson (Dirtbag),” according to a probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit further indicated the police lieutenant knew Johnson from “… previous dealings and arrests. Lt. Smith told Johnson he was under arrest for an outstanding warrant. Johnson began pulling away from officers while being ordered by officers to comply.”

After a brief struggle, Johnson was subdued and taken into custody.

During the execution of the search warrant, CPD officers “… located a glass container filled with a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana and had a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the glass jar. This marijuana was taken as evidence and later weighed. The weight of the marijuana outside of the glass jar was three ounces,” the affidavit reported.

Johnson was also charged with delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group one, greater than four grams – a first degree felony.

According to Section 12.32 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than five years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

The affidavit reported Dirtbag had a long history of drug arrests and convictions beginning in 1990 with his arrest and conviction for possession of marijuana. His most recent arrests in 2016 included manufacturing / delivery of a controlled substance, penalty groups one and two and possession of a controlled substance, penalty groups two and three.

The majority of Johnson’s 2016 cases are still pending trial.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at