ST. GEORGE – Four people were arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol Tuesday when a traffic stop allegedly yielded a distributable amount of narcotics and a firearm.
Around 10:30 p.m., a trooper spotted a northbound passenger vehicle with North Dakota plates on Interstate-15 that had a shattered windshield, UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said. The trooper pulled the vehicle over at mile post 4 for the shattered windshield and called for back up as four people were in the vehicle.
The driver identified himself as Clement B. Wells, 26, of Williston, N.D., though did not produce a driver’s license or registration for the vehicle. Other occupants of the vehicle included Michael James, 24; Tessa Hanson, 23; and Fernando Garnica, 18, all of Williston, N.D., all of whom also did not produce valid identification, Johnson said.
According to a probable cause statement, Wells was advised the vehicle would be impounded and items inside inventoried. While inventorying items the troopers discovered a what is believed to be a “significant amount” of methamphetamine and marijuana, Johnson said. While inspecting a backpack troopers also found a semi-automatic pistol. Items believed to be drug paraphernalia were also discovered.
Each were arrested and booked into the Purgatory correctional facility. Each have been charged with first-degree felony drug distribution and drug-related misdemeanors. Wells was also charged with driving an unsafe vehicle and having a revoked or suspended license.
Ed. note: Persons 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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