‘Spot me a bag’ text message during police search supports drug bust

ST. GEORGE — Two 19-year-olds were arrested on drug charges Wednesday afternoon when St. George Police officers responded to a drug complaint at a house in St. George and could smell marijuana emanating around the garage.

St. George Police officers responded to a drug complaint at the residence of 695 N. 500 West in St. George and came in contact with Kaden Amon Silvia, who said he was one of the renters of the house, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Cameron McCullough. They also encountered Hunter Riley Winn, another renter of the house.

“I could smell the distinct odor of raw Marijuana coming through the cracks of the garage door,” McCullough wrote in the statement.

Kaden Amon Silvia, 19, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's booking, St. George News
Kaden Amon Silvia, 19, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

McCullough wrote in his statement that he asked Silvia if there was any marijuana in the house and Silvia said no. Further, that officers asked Silvia for consent to search the house and Silvia said no. Officers then requested a search warrant for the house from 5th District Judge Jeffrey Wilcox, who granted the warrant, and officers proceeded to conduct a search of the house.

During the search, officers located a black safe under a pile of clothes in Silvia’s bedroom. McCullough asked where the key was and Silvia pulled the key from his pocket. Inside the safe were four glass pipes, a bundle of baggies containing suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale and a propane torch.

Officers also noticed a 5-gallon paint bucket with a solid cardboard rectangle taped to the top of it. Underneath the cardboard were multiple baggies used for holding methamphetamine and a glass pipe. The baggies matched the baggies that were found in the black safe.

While being interviewed, Silvia admitted that he distributed meth to his friends in exchange for money. Silvia’s cellphone received a text message while officers were in his room, the text message was from someone asking Silvia if he could spot him a bag, McCullough wrote in the statement.

Hunter Riley Winn, 19, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's booking, St. George News
Hunter Riley Winn, 19, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Through further investigation, police officers located within a drawer of Winn’s dresser: two methamphetamine pipes; a spoon with suspected heroin; multiple syringes; and tin foil with track marks, according to the statement. In the garage, a red tool box with Winn’s initials written on the side of it was found. Winn told officers where the key was which was located in Winn’s bedroom.

The tool box contained additional drug paraphernalia including multiple syringes, a clear small baggie with suspected meth in it and tin foil with track marks, according to the statement; and inside a box of books, officers found a blue glass pipe containing suspected burnt marijuana.

Silvia and Winn were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Silvia was charged with a second-degree felony for possession of meth with intent to distribute and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. According to bookings information Silvia’s current bail stands at $10,680.

Winn was charged with a third-degree felony for possession of heroin, a third-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine, a class A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. According to bookings information Winn’s current bail stands at $12,630.

Winn and Silvia both had their initial court appearances Thursday.

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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8 Comments

  • Koolaid September 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    What? Not on prescription pain killers and antidepressants like everyone else? Outrageous!

  • Ricky MacGyver September 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Always glad to see low life druggies go to the slammer.

  • Matthew September 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Much more concerned about the statist use of violence against it’s own nonviolent citizens for choosing to consume certain things. All the talk around here about less government and calling people socialists needs to be focused on preventing our militarized policing agencies from continuing to enact violence on our nonviolent citizens, regardless of the stupidity of the choices these citizens may make. Don’t kid yourself that the state is doing a good thing with these arrests either… that would be uninformed or naive at best.

  • Zonkerb September 29, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Yeah more wasted tax payers money

  • Missy September 29, 2014 at 5:57 am

    I’m glad they seized these drugs, but, where is the marijuana they “supposedly” smelled.
    I believe it’s their “go to” probable cause. Just my observation.

    • Cali Girl September 29, 2014 at 7:51 am

      I am with u. I to wise and pulled my Cali plates & registered my car in Utah after getting pulled over numerous times for POT ODOR. However I consented to a search and nothing has ever been found as I do not smoke/sell or use POT.
      However I believe in it’s medical use and support others. POT doesn’t kill people…driving on alcohol and cellphone texting does.

    • SOUTAH OBSERVER September 29, 2014 at 7:57 am

      I wondered the same thing after reading the article. If they have a capable attorney, that search will be invalidated for lack of corroborating contraband and the entire case against against them will be dismissed.

  • Koolaid September 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Obviously unworthy sorts… not the right names nor connections

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