Barber shop owner faces drug charge

The owner of a Jefferson City barber shop and event venue has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

According to court documents, Thomas R. Johnson, 35, 126 Kings Ridge, is believed to have sold marijuana and cocaine while working at his business, TJ’s Barber Shop, 1127 E. Dunklin St., on or around Nov. 8.

Johnson also owns Club Motivation, 2425 Industrial Drive.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement shows Johnson would receive calls from drug purchasers.

Following those phone calls, Johnson would exit his barber shop and obtain drugs from his vehicle and then sell the substance before re-entering his business.

While conducting surveillance, a detective observed Johnson exit the shop, open the rear passenger door of his vehicle and appear to obtain an item from the seat of the vehicle.

Meanwhile, another male exited the barber shop and stood next to the door.

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