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Former St. Ignatius school bus owner changes plea in meth case

Posted at 6:50 PM, Oct 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-10 20:50:38-04

ST. IGNATIUS – The former owner and driver of a Mission Valley school bus company who was allegedly dealing and using meth on school busses pleaded guilty to one count of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

Court documents state that a witness told police that Scott Johnson had smoked meth in buses and the bus barn.

Both the buses and their bus barn tested positive for some trace of meth contamination.

Buses were under a contamination limit that would require a full detox cleaning, but the bus barn tested for enough meth that it had to be professionally decontaminated.

Johnson pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement that allows him to dismiss one count of endangering the welfare of children and criminal distribution.

As part of the plea agreement, Johnson agreed to pay for the almost $12,000 clean up.

He will also be required to serve 30 days of jail time but he will be allowed to use the time he already served against that time.

Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 8 in Lake County District Court, where a judge doesn’t necessarily have to agree with the sentence Johnson agreed to with the county attorney.

If that happens Johnson can withdraw his guilty plea and go on with a jury trial.