Man already facing drug charges hit with additional charge of drug distribution

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WASHINGTON CITY – A St. George man already facing felony charges stemming from controlled drug buys found himself facing additional charges after being arrested for suspected drug distribution and other charges Monday.

Karl Wallstrom, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted June 8, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Karl Wallstrom, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted June 8, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

According to a probable cause statement, a Washington City Police officer noticed a van parked on a dirt road off of Buena Vista Boulevard. The officer found 38-year-old Karl Wallstrom asleep inside the van, and while at it, noticed a small bag inside that contained a white substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

Another officer arrived at the scene and Wallstorm was removed from the van. Officers gathered items from inside the van and off of Wallstrom that he allegedly told police was methamphetamine.

According to the probable cause statement, a glass pipe, metal pipe, a small bag of a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana, and two paper bindles, one of which has suspected methamphetamine residue on it, as well as bottle of prescription medications not belonging to Wallstrom, were found in the van. A small scale was also allegedly found.

“With the scale and the bindles being broken down into smaller measurements Karl is being charged with drug distribution,” the officer wrote in the statement.

Wallstrom was subsequently charged with first-degree felony drug possession with intent to distribute, and two class A misdemeanors for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wallstrom was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility with bail set at $25,000.

According to court records, prior to his arrest, Wallstrom has been released from custody in February following an arrest related to three instances of controlled buys of narcotics in September conducted by the Washington County Drug Task Force. Each instance produced a second-degree felony charge of drug distribution.

A pending jury trial for these charges was set for June 15.

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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