Traffic stop, search warrant leads to drug arrests by task force

WASHINGTON CITY – The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested three people on drug-related charges Thursday following a traffic stop and search warrant.

The Washington County Drug Task Force was preparing to serve a search warrant at a home on Pennees Place in Washington when three people left the home in an SUV. The SUV was driven by Amber Tourney, 24, of St. George. Joshua Hoopes, 30, and William Davis, 28, both of Washington, were passengers, St. George Police Capt. Kyle Whitehead said.

The SUV was pulled over for a traffic violation, as Tourney was found to be driving with a revoked license. Police found what Whitehead described as marijuana, methamphetamine and associated paraphernalia on Tourney. After being taken to the county’s Purgatory Correctional Facility, additional drugs were found on the woman that had previously been concealed. The drugs found at the jail were determined to be a distributable amount, Whitehead said.

Hoopes was found with a distributable amount of narcotics as well, and was connected with heroin and associated paraphernalia found at the Pennees Place residences once the search warrant was executed. Davis had a backpack with him said to contain some heroin and methamphetamine. An additional substance believed to be heroin was also found in his room at the Pennees Place residence. He also has an outstanding warrant out for his arrest.

Tourney was arrested and charged with one first-degree felony for drug distribution, one second-degree felony for drug possession, two third-degree felonies for obstruction of justice and possession of drugs by and inmate, and various misdemeanors for drug possession, paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license.

Hoopes was charged with first-degree drug distribution, second-degree felony drug possession and a class-A misdemeanor for paraphernalia.

Davis was charged with second-degree felony drug possession and two misdemeanors related to drug possession and the outstanding warrant.

Each were booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.

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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