Man who allegedly shot at officers in Mesquite faces additional drug charges

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ST. GEORGE — A man who allegedly shot at police during a half-day standoff in Mesquite, Nevada, is facing additional charges after investigators say they found illicit drugs in his home and business.

Joseph Daut, 51, of Mesquite, bookings photo, posted July 26, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

The suspect, 51-year-old Joseph Daut, of Mesquite, was originally arrested July 26 on multiple charges of attempted murder on a police officer.

After being confronted by police about a dispute with his neighbor, Daut allegedly threatened to kill officers and fired eight rounds from a high-powered rifle at responding SWAT crews from his home. He was taken into custody after allegedly refusing to surrender to police for 12 hours.

Read more: Mesquite Police: Barricaded man shoots at SWAT officers during 12-hour standoff

Subsequently, detectives executed search warrants Friday on Daut’s home and business as part of the Mesquite Police Department’s ongoing investigation into the incident.

After searching Daut’s Mesquite home, detectives found 4.5 ounces of liquid PCP, also known as “angel dust,” and multiple drug paraphernalia items, according to a news release issued by the Mesquite Police Department.

Detectives also searched Daut’s business, Virgin Valley Vapor, where they allegedly found approximately six pounds of marijuana, edibles and other marijuana-type products prepackaged for sale.

Additional charges have been filed against Daut as a result of the detectives’ findings, including multiple felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, felony high-level trafficking relating to the PCP and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daut remains in custody for the earlier charges.

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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5 Comments

  • ladybugavenger August 5, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    People still buy PCP? Hmmmm didnt know there was a market for it.

    • comments August 6, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Glue sniffing, “bath salts”, vaping, etc etc, just tell these millennials and gen z kids it’ll get them high and there will be a market for about any kind of random poisonous crap. You could probly convince them eating dog turds would get them high = instant market for dog turds. These kids are already eating Tide pods. I guess they think it’s real cool to do so. So it seems like anything goes…

  • comments August 5, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    This clown will be going away for a good long while.

  • Carpe Diem August 7, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Virgin Valley Vapor – up in smoke…

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