ST. GEORGE – A traffic stop put two California men in jail after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper found 15 pounds of marijuana in their vehicle.
Kyle Christensen, 20, and Austin Grider, 19, both of Hemet, Calif., were pulled over in a pickup truck around 2:18 p.m. when UHP Trooper Chris Terry saw a burnt-out brake light, a probable cause statement filed in conjunction with the arrests stated. They pulled off Interstate 15 and into the Pilot parking lot at Utah Exit 4 in St. George.
Terry approached the driver’s side of the vehicle to make initial contact and smelled raw marijuana from within the vehicle, the statement said. Christensen and Grider stated they had used marijuana before leaving California that morning. Terry had the two get out of the truck and conducted a probable cause search.
While searching the truck’s cab, Terry reported he found “marijuana shake all over the front passenger and driver floor board(s).”
“Marijuana shake” is defined by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as “residual marijuana used for cooking marijuana edibles.”
The trooper continued his search and found 15 pounds of substance, suspected to be marijuana, in a duffel bag in the bed of the truck. He also came across various items suspected to be drug paraphernalia, including a pipe, vacuum sealer and vacuum sealer bags.
Both men were arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility for third-degree felony possession and class-B misdemeanor drug possession. Bail for each stands at $5,587.
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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