Last week Lawson was charged with conspiracy to deliver meth, bribery, false reports to law enforcement and refusing to do his public duty.
KX News reporter Alexus Arthur digs into just how deep this case goes, and how incredible the allegations against the former Sheriff are.
From using meth on the job, to telling deputies to look the other way.
Here’s more from Fessenden on what investigators allege happened.
It all began with a friendship when Alexander Lail helped former Wells County Sheriff, Johnny Lawson repair his flooded basement. The damage was worth thousands of dollars and Lail didn’t charge Lawson a penny. As time went on, Lail was getting in trouble with the law and was committing burglaries and Lawson looked the other way.
Investigators say Lawson was briefed on both investigations but when asked if any tips about Lail had come up Lawson had little to no information to provide. During this time, Lawson and Lail were in contact, according to the affidavit.
Someone with inside information sent a letter to the County Commissioners. Lawson found out and that’s when he and Lail threatened the family.”
The court records go on to say the mother of a close female friend of Lail’s sent the letter. It mentioned that Lawson was using narcotics, specifically meth.
According to case documents his co-workers noticed a change in his behavior. He seemed nervous and his speech was moving at a rapid pace.”
In addition, court records say witnesses began reporting seeing Lawson and Lail sitting in the sheriff’s car for no apparent reason. Investigators then began to questions Lawson about the use of meth and his relationship with Lail. Following the questions, Lawson resigned immediately and the case against Johnny Zip Lawson began. In Wells County, Alexus Arthur, KX News.
Lawson faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.