WASHINGTON COUNTY – The Washington County Drug Task Force continues to crack down on drug related crimes in the county, nabbing three more alleged drug dealers in separate incidents within the last two days by conducting controlled drug buys through the use of confidential informants.
The task force conducted separate narcotics distribution investigations into 20-year-old Shyian Mai Dowell, Aaron Blade Morales, 21, and 56-year-old Joseph John Butkovich, all of St. George, according to probable cause statements filed in connection with each of the arrests.
Dowell was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling drugs, including heroin, to a confidential informant in Washington City and St. George.
She was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and faces two second-degree felony counts of drug distribution.
Dowell’s bail pending trial stands at $20,000. According to booking information, she remains in custody.
Morales was also arrested Tuesday after he allegedly sold drugs to a confidential informant in St. George, task force Detective Nick Hallman said in a probable cause statement supporting Morales’ arrest.
He was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility and was charged with one second-degree felony for drug distribution.
Morales’ bail stands at $10,000. According to booking information, he remains in custody.
Butkovich was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant in St. George, task force Detective Matt Schuman said in a probable cause statement supporting Butkovich’s arrest.
His charges were enhanced because the place he chose to meet the informant for the buy was located within a drug-free zone – as it was 959.76 feet away from Sunset Elementary School, the statement said.
He was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and charged with three first-degree felonies for drug distribution in a drug-free zone.
Butkovich’s bail stands at $60,000. According to booking information, he remains in custody.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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