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Prescott man faces weapons charges

Flavius Leroy Johnson, 49, of Prescott

Flavius Leroy Johnson, 49, of Prescott

Prescott police arrested a man Monday on charges including possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor after Prescott police recovered a firearm that he had reported stolen in a burglary and he told them he had three more at his home.

Officers booked Flavius Leroy Johnson, 49, of Prescott, into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor, possession of marijuana and possession of a deadly weapon during a felony drug offense.

An officer called Johnson and asked him to come to the station to talk about a firearm that they recovered from an earlier burglary of his home.

"When Johnson arrived the officer told him he knew he is in fact a prohibited possessor," said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department. "The officer learned there were other weapons in the residence, and based on that information obtained a search warrant."

Johnson said he had two handguns and a rifle at home.

"The detective asked why Johnson reported a stolen weapon if he was a prohibited possessor," Reinhardt said. "Johnson said he didn't think police would find out about his felony."

Johnson also told the officer had had some marijuana in his home, according to the police report.

When the officer told Johnson he'd heard he was dealing marijuana, Johnson told him he just had a small amount for personal use, according to the police report.

After securing Johnson in a holding cell, the officer searched Johnson's home and found the guns, rifle, and 3 grams of marijuana, as well as a pill bottle with marijuana seeds and stems.

An officer later booked Johnson into the county jail.

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