Deputy Arrested on Drug Charges Indicted

Her job was to arrest criminals, and now a former Effingham County sheriff's deputy is facing criminal charges of her own.

The sheriff's department arrested Dep. Melinda Johnson this past March. Officers say Johnson drove her patrol car into a parking lot and bought drugs while undercover agents watched.

Monday, the grand jury indicted Johnson on possession with intent to distribute marijuana and gun charges.

Johnson had been a deputy for about seven months before her arrest. She's out on bond awaiting her trial.

Reported by: Aaron Vogel,