ST. GEORGE – Two St. George men were arrested last week by the Drug Enforcement Administration on Feb. 28, and now face extradition to Florida.
Chad Sunyich and Jason Vowell, each 37, of St. George, were arrested by DEA agents on warrants issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office out of Tampa, Fla. According to the warrants, the men are charged with “conspiracy to distribute 100 kilos or more of marijuana; aiding and abetting in the possession of marijuana.”
Sunyich and Vowell were booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on a federal hold with no bail. A detention hearing has been arranged for Monday in St. George. Afterward, the two will be sent to Florida to answer charges.
According to court documents, over $166,000 connected to the case was seized from a plane owned by one of the suspects on Feb. 19.
Along with Sunyich and Vowell, a Timothy Oneal Long has been named as a third suspect in the case.
Vowell is also one of the former owners of Executive Auto Group, which was shut down by Utah Tax Commission on Feb. 28 during an investigation into current owner Richard Downward. Sgt. Eric McPherson, of Utah Tax Commission’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division, said there was no connection to the investigation at Executive Auto Group and cases involving the former owners.
Jason Vowell, along with his brother Todd Vowell, are among many whose names have been connected to a federal fraud case surrounding Jeremy Johnson by the Federal Trade Commission.
Ed. Note: Persons arrested are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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