IRON COUNTY – A Roy man traveling from Nevada to Ogden in a rental car with a woman and children was arrested during a traffic stop in Iron County Monday on an array of warrants and charges. The man, wanted for two counts of intent to distribute drugs, was allegedly driving under the influence of meth with his family in the car while carrying drugs and paraphernalia in his pocket.
At about 6:15 Monday, 34-year-old Ricardo Ramos was pulled over for speeding near milepost 81, north of Parowan, on Interstate 15, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Clay Allred said.
Ramos was driving a white Volkswagen Passat that was rented. He had a woman and two children under the age of 16 in the vehicle with him, Allred said.
While running Ramos’ driver information, Allred said, he first found an Ogden warrant for driving without a license, a class C misdemeanor and without insurance, a class B misdemeanor.
However, a little digging, he said, quickly revealed that Ramos was also wanted in Ogden’s 2nd District Court for two separate counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.
“I had my dispatch run and do a double-check on it,” he said; “and they came back with me a couple of minutes later … and advised me that he had these other significant warrants and they would come and get him on them.”
Ramos was placed under arrest for the three Weber County warrants, Allred said, when Ramos informed him that he had a meth pipe in his pocket.
“I retrieved the meth pipe from his right pocket it was inside a sock,” Allred stated in the probable cause statement he filed following the arrest. “There was a lot of white residue in the pipe and the bowl.”
After informing Ramos of his Miranda rights, Allred said, Ramos admitted that he had smoked meth at a rest stop just south of Cedar City only 20 to 30 minutes before being pulled over.
Though the woman was in the car with her two children, Allred said, they claimed they had no knowledge of the illegal drugs that Ramos was carrying and using.
“Nobody else in the car knew about the drugs,” Allred said. “He was straightforward about that and I asked everybody that was in the car and they were shocked about it.”
Since the female passenger was on the rental agreement and had a valid driver’s license, he said, he released the vehicle to her so she and the children could make their way home safely.
Ramos was taken back to Allred’s office where he participated in a field sobriety test and submitted both blood and urine samples to be tested, according to the probable cause statement.
While searching Ramos’ rental, the statement said, Allred found “many alcoholic beverages” that were purchased in Nevada and transported across state lines into Utah.
Transporting out of state liquor into Utah is considered a crime, Allred said, because there are state regulations and taxes that are required to be paid when doing so.
Ramos was given a warning about the alcohol and the speeding, Allred said, but he was charged with three class B misdemeanors: driving on a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of a controlled substance; and one third-degree felony, possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
Ramos was remanded to the Iron County Jail and booked on both current charges related to the traffic stop in Iron County and the three outstanding warrants from 2nd District Court.
As of 10:50 a.m. Friday, Ramos was still in the custody of the Iron County Jail. His bail amount is set at $26,500 bondable.
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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