UHP arrests Arizona man for drug distribution, possession

WASHINGTON COUNTY – A 21-year-old Arizona man was arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol early Tuesday morning for drug distribution and possession.

UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said a trooper pulled over a Mitsubishi GSX with Arizona license plates on southbound Interstate 15 at mile post 25 around midnight for speeding. While at the passenger side window of the vehicle, the trooper said, he smelled a strong scent of raw marijuana.

The trooper proceeded to search the car and allegedly found drug paraphernalia, 6 ounces of hash, 3 pounds of marijuana in hard candy form and five grams of meth.

Johnson said the passenger, Joshua Philbrick, 21, of Anthem, Ariz., told the trooper the drugs and paraphernalia were all his.

Philbrick was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on two drug-related class B misdemeanors, three third-degree felony counts of drug possession, and one second-degree felony count for intent to manufacture/distribute drugs.

The driver was released with a warning, Johnson said.

Ed. Note:  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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