Task force nabs three on drug charges

ST. GEORGE — The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested three people on Tuesday, pursuant to a search warrant at a St. George home.

Police arrested Marco Dunigan, 29, of St. George, Holly Kay Harada Rocchio, 34 of St. George, and Adrianna Marie Burkeen, 24, of Hurricane.

The arrests are a result of an investigation and execution of a search warrant at a home where Dunigan was living in the area of 2600 East 200 North in St. George, according to the probable cause statements. Prior to detectives executing the search at the home, Dunigan, Rocchio and Burkeen left the residence in a vehicle and drove to the Washington Wal-Mart, where police contacted and detained them.

Circumstances leading up to and surrounding the arrest are described in the probable cause statement:

While the three were being detained by police in the Wal-Mart parking lot, detectives searched the garage area of the home which Dunigan used as his bedroom and living area.

Police found what they identified to be a distributable amount of marijuana during the search. The marijuana was found in a large bag in the freezer located in the garage, along with two pipes. One pipe contained marijuana residue and the other pipe contained suspected methamphetamine residue. Police also found a stolen motorcycle in the garage.

Rocchio told detectives she was on probation and that she had relapsed and had been using drugs and contemplating selling narcotics again. Rocchio was searched and police found a plastic bag in her pocket that contained suspected methamphetamine. After Rocchio arrived at the jail, booking deputies also found a small green balloon containing suspected heroin hidden in her underwear.

Burkeen was driving the car with Dunigan and Rocchio as passengers when they were stopped by police at Wal-Mart, according to the probable cause statement associated with her arrest. Burkeen consented to a search and police found a small plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine in her purse. Burkeen told police the suspected methamphetamine did not belong to her, however she could not tell police who it did belong to.

Dunigan, Rocchio and Burkeen were booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Dunigan was charged with two counts of third-degree felony drug possession, a second-degree felony for receiving or transfer of a stolen vehicle and a class-B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at time of booking at $20,389. Dunigan’s first appearance is scheduled for April 9.

Rocchio was charged with a second-degree felony for drug possession, a third-degree felony for drug possession, a class-A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia and a class-B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. At Her initial appearance in Washington County’s 5th District Court on Wednesday, bail was set at $22,239.

Burkeen was charged with a third-degree felony for drug possession and a class-B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. At her initial appearance on Wednesday in District court, bail was set at $5,000.

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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2 Comments

  • Patti April 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Persons arrested or charged are presumed guilty until proven innocent in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact. Sad really.

  • Charles April 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Drugs are too much of a problem in this area. It seems just about every other person is arrested for a drug violation. From someone coming from out of state, it seems like such a great place to live, but there are way too many young people into drugs, ruining the neighborhoods like a cancer.

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