Felon On Probation Arrested After Drugs Found Inside Home, JCSO Says

A convicted felon who was on probation for a felony drug conviction four months ago is back behind bars after more narcotics were allegedly found at his home.

On Wednesday, NC Probation & Parole officers requested the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office assist them with a search at the home of Joshua Gerald Clifton on West Watson Road near Benson.  According to the NC Department of Public Safety website, Clifton was convicted on February 5, 2019 for felony possession of a controlled substance. He received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation for 24 months.

The conviction stemmed from a January 12, 2018 search warrant executed at Clifton’s same address on West Watson Road. During the search warrant last year, 10 grams of methamphetamine with a potential street value of $1,000 was seized, including drug paraphernalia and packaging materials.  Clifton was one of three people arrested that day.

During Wednesday’s search, authorities said they found 1 gram of methamphetamine, 1 gram of marijuana, suboxone, and drug paraphernalia in the residence.

Clifton was charged with one felony and three misdemeanor drug violations. He was also charged with probation violation.  The 33 year-old man was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $75,000 secured bond.