Young Dolph’s murder suspect has been caught with drugs and a cell phone while in jail.
As reported by local outletWREG, Justin Johnson — who was allegedly recruited by Hernandez Goven to fire the fatal shots into the Memphis rapper in November 2021 — is currently being held in Shelby County while he awaits trial, and is set to appear in court June 9.
John Morris, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that Justin was caught with the illegal contraband in his cell, but wouldn’t disclose any more details. The matter is currently being investigated.
Johnson previously had cell phone privileges revoked last year after he released a song from jail called “No Statements,” on which addressed the murder of Dolph. The video was recorded on a cell phone.
The update comes shortly after Goven — the alleged mastermind behind Young Dolph’s murder — was released on a $90,000 bond last month.
The judge presiding over his case, however, made clear that Govan’s bond was contingent upon his compliance with house arrest. The suspect is only allowed to leave his house for medical emergencies or to meet with his attorney.
What’s most notable is that Young Dolph’s family reportedly gave approval for Govan to be released on bond to the Shelby County District Attorney, Steve Mulroy.
Govan stands accused of dispatching Johnson and Cornelius Smith Jr. to gun down the Paper Route Empire rapper in broad daylight outside of Makeda’s Homemade Cookies in Memphis on November 17, 2021. Another suspect, Shundale Barnett, was freed from the Ft. Worth, Texas jail where he was being held on an undisclosed charge back in January.
Barnett, charged as an accessory after the fact, was captured with Johnson, the primary suspect in the case.
Meanwhile, Young Dolph’s first posthumous album Paper Route Frank was released in December 2022. The project consisted of 13 tracks with features from 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Key Glock, Big Moochie Grape and Snupe Bandz.