PD: Mesa store clerk exchanges lottery tickets for drugs

Posted at 11:47 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 17:28:20-04

A Mesa convenience store clerk exchanged over $10,000 in Arizona Lottery tickets for prescription drugs. 

Brian Jordon Johnson, 22, was charged last week for allegedly giving a woman thousands of dollars worth of Arizona Lottery tickets in exchange for Percocet, a prescription drug. 

Mesa Police say another Circle K employee at the store near Val Vista Drive and Southern Avenue reportedly saw Johnson give the tickets to 24-year-old Lorinda Shanice Malatare for free. 

Circle K management investigated and found seven other alleged incidents, totaling $10,068 in losses. 

Malatare reportedly told police that she received the tickets as payment for giving Johnson the Percocet. 

She said she cashed in winnings tickets worth about $1,500. 

They are scheduled to appear in court on June 13 on theft charges.