ST. GEORGE – A Washington man was arrested for felony drug distribution Tuesday by the Washington County Drug Task Force.
St. George Police Lt. Mark Brklacich said Craig Hanlin, 43, of Washington had been pulled over on a traffic stop and was arrested. The vehicle Hanlin was driving was searched and an alleged “distributable amount” of methamphetamine was discovered along with drug paraphernalia, Brklacich said.
According to the probable cause statement, Detective Lynn Koester, the arresting officer, recognized and observed Hanlin at the Maverik gas station on Hilton Drive. Hanlin was recently arrested on drug-related charges by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He is also currently involved in a court case connected to the arrests and was on pretrial release.
Koester ran Hamlin’s information through dispatch and it was discovered his driver’s license was no longer valid. The detective followed Hanlin’s vehicle and pulled him over. Koester made contact with Hanlin who verified his identity and that his license was not current. Hanlin was then arrested and searched. According to Koester’s report, drug paraphernalia was located on Hanlin and had a smell of burnt marijuana on it, and that Hanlin had a pocket knife on him.
The car Hanlin was driving was a rental vehicle with three other occupants in it. The others were not detained and were advised they were free to leave. The rental company that owned the car was contacted and gave consent for task force detectives to search it. They found a plastic bag alleged to contain a distributable amount of methamphetamine. A search of the trunk produced backpacks containing possible drug paraphernalia and digital scales that had “a white crystal powder residue on them which is indicative of drug sales,” Koester wrote.
Hanlin was booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility and has been charged with second-degree felony drug distribution and various drug-related misdemeanors. Bail has been set at $100,000.
Ed. Note: 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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