High beams lead to Las Vegas duo’s arrest for variety of drugs

CEDAR CITY — The Iron County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Las Vegas men Friday after a traffic stop led to the discovery of marijuana, ecstasy, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia.

At approximately 3:22 a.m., Iron County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Seirup conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 15, near milepost 61, after he witnessed a car driving with its high beams on, Seirup wrote in the probable cause statements supporting the arrests.

Lamar Pelletier booking photo posted Nov. 21, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff's Office
Lamar Pelletier, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted Nov. 21, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office

While speaking with the driver, Lamar Pelletier, 24, and passenger, Michael Caifano, 19, Seirup could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the car, Seirup said in the statement.

During a search of the vehicle, Seirup found a bag of raw marijuana, a glass pipe consistent with methamphetamine use and a prescription pill bottle in the vehicle’s center console, Seirup said in the statement. Another glass pipe was found under Caifano’s seat.

“There was also a package of cigars that (Pelletier) admitted to having used to empty, fill with marijuana and smoke,” Seirup said in the statement.

In a sunglasses compartment above the rear-view mirror, Seirup also found another prescription bottle containing suspected methamphetamine, several white capsules and a blue ecstasy pill, Seirup said. The white capsules were later discovered to be alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression.

Caifano admitted to smoking methamphetamine in Las Vegas prior to traveling to Utah, and Pelletier admitted to smoking marijuana approximately two-and-a-half hours before the traffic stop, according to the probable cause statement.

“Pelletier also admitted to knowing that the prescription bottles were in the vehicle, as well as the methamphetamine,” Seirup said.

Michael Caifano booking photo posted Nov. 21, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff's Office
Michael Caifano, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted Nov. 21, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office

Both Caifano and Pelletier were arrested and booked into the Iron County Jail.

Pelletier is charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of methamphetamine and ecstasy; a class A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana; three class B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a measurable controlled substance in the body and possession of alprazolam; and one class C misdemeanor for failure to dim vehicle lights.

Pelletier’s bail is set at $12,000.

Caifano is charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of methamphetamine and ecstasy; and two class B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and alprazolam.

His bail is set at $10,000.

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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4 Comments

  • Zonkerb November 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Oh oh profiling high beamers now.. anything to make a buck

  • Joanna November 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    It would be everything if Deputy Doug Seirup’s wife’s name was Mabel.

  • dancing infidel November 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    More traveling unlicensed pharmacists. Wouldn’t it make more sense if they just got building somewhere?…..saves gas.

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