Police arrest 5 Southern Utahns at Virgin River Hotel

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ST. GEORGE — While searching for an alleged fugitive from Utah last week, police arrested seven people, including five Southern Utahns, at a Mesquite hotel on drug-related charges.

Police narcotics detectives received information that a possible fugitive from Utah was staying at the Virgin River Hotel and Casino May 12, and that the fugitive was possibly involved in illegal drug activity, the Mesquite Police Department said in a media statement Wednesday.

Detectives then began watching the hotel room and surrounding area for the alleged fugitive, according to the statement. A short time later, detectives observed two men outside the hotel room.

After being questioned by police, the two men were found to have active warrants for their arrest.

Detectives made contact with the occupants of the hotel room where the fugitive had allegedly been staying, police said. The fugitive was found inside, along with four other people.

A subsequent search of the hotel room yielded methamphetamine and heroin, according to the statement. All seven individuals were arrested, including:

Domingo Montiel, 23, of St. George — charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance: heroin and meth.

Greygory Tavesi, 29, of Hurricane — charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police, Tavesi was also taken into custody due to an active warrant for his arrest.

Bobby Ruff, 45, of St. George — charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance — meth — and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Valentina Madden, 19, of St. George — charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alethea Jordan, 32, of St. George — charged with one felony count of fugitive from justice. According to police, the fugitive of justice charge was a result of multiple active drug-related felony warrants out of Utah.

Josef Kirschbauer, 26, of Beaver Dam, Arizona  — taken into custody due to two active warrants for his arrest.

Jose Macias, 42, of Vista, California — charged with four felony counts of sales of a controlled substance: meth.

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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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