Detroit's Most Wanted: Wilma Johnson wanted for moving heroin through metro Detroit

Posted: 11:01 AM, May 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-04 10:29:16-04

(WXYZ) — The U.S. Marshals are trying to track down another fugitive on our Detroit's Most Wanted list.

Officials say Wilma Janae Johnson has been moving heroin across state lines and is a huge part of the opioid epidemic here in metro Detroit.

Johnson was caught with heroin in Kentucky then ran back home to Detroit to hide after agreeing to help police.

"She’s probably still dealing heroin and that means people are still dying because of her, she’s destroying families," said Deputy Ron Watson.

The 33-year-old suspect is a lifelong Detroit resident from the city's west side. She was smuggling drugs back and forth from Detroit to Lexington, Kentucky before running into police.

"She was caught with a large amount of heroin – it all stemmed from a traffic stop which occurred in the Lexington area," said Deputy Watson.

Police say Johnson was arrested. But then?

"She took off, shes been in the wind since March of 2018," Deputy Watson said.

That's when the Marshals got a tip she had come back home.

"We’ve interviewed family, we’ve interviewed associates, everyone's very uncooperative – we think her family is helping her – she’s got ties all over the west side of Detroit," said Deputy Watson. "She’s got ties through the metro Detroit area."

Johnson is 5-feet 10-inches and 140 pounds.

"The fact that she’s smuggling heroin and we’re in such a huge opioid epidemic – people are getting fentanyl-laced heroin, they’re killing themselves," said Watson. "This is poison."

That's why the U.S. Marshals are teaming up with police across the country to get these deadly drugs off our streets.

"Heroin dealers, they’re in it for the money. They don’t care if someone lives, dies – all they want are customers," said Deputy Ron Watson.

As always, there's a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of Wilma Johnson. You can call the U.S. Marshals anytime at (313) 234-5656.