ST. GEORGE – Officers with the Washington County Drug Task Force discovered evidence of an indoor marijuana grow and equipment for a methamphetamine lab while serving a search warrant Friday evening.
Lt. David Moss said the Task Force received information from a St. George patrol officer two weeks ago, and began investigating 41-year-old Casey Michael Dismuke, who has a previous drug conviction, for allegedly dealing drugs.
Officers served a search warrant at his home, 134 E 100 S, and discovered the chemicals. Dismuke was charged with several felonies of drug possession and cultivation.
“It wasn’t what we were expecting to find,” Moss said. “We served a search warrant for meth, but not a lab.”
Moss said it was possible that the methamphetamine was cooked elsewhere, but because Dismuke had the chemicals and equipment at the home, he was charged with a first-degree felony.
He said methamphetamine labs are dangerous because they have a tendency to cause an explosion and catch fire.
Moss said officers collected evidence that the marijuana grow did take place inside the apartment.
He said marijuana grows can also be very dangerous, especially inside a home, and in the past, officers have had to wear a breathing aspirates to be protecting.
“When you’re in the room or area that the grow is in, marijuana has spores that are in the air and can be harmful to breath in,” he said.
While officers were collecting evidence of the grow, 37-year-old Steven Christensen of Washington, allegedly came to the residence with drugs. Officers arrested him for drug and paraphernalia possession.
The Task Force arrested a 37-year-old St. George male yesterday evening for possession after neighbors tipped off police.
Moss said Jason Ashby Huffman was arrested after officers began investigating him for allegedly dealing drugs.