Washington police arrest four for drug possession, distribution

WASHINGTON – Four people are facing multiple drug-related charges after a traffic stop by Washington City Police led to the discovery of narcotics in their vehicle Sunday.

In a statement, Ed Kantor, Washington City Police public information officer, said a WCPD officer pulled a vehicle over on East Telegraph Street around 5:15 p.m. Sunday for alleged “vehicle equipment and other traffic violations the officer observed.”

According to booking information from the Purgatory Correctional Facility, vehicle-related offenses included mud-flap and fraudulent license plate violations.

Further investigation and a search of the vehicle yielded what are suspected to be heroin, marijuana, spice and related paraphernalia.  Kantor did not specify the amount of narcotics found.

An occupant of the vehicle was also found to be a restricted person in possession of a firearm.

Officers arrested Keith Farnsworth, 24, of Ivins, David McGrew, 45, of Las Vegas, Patsy Filippone, 36, of Springdale and Ashley Testo, 22, of St George. Each has been booked into the county jail.

Farnsworth and Filippone are charged with counts of drug possession and paraphernalia.  McGrew and Testo face drug manufacturing/distribution charges, as well as weapons offense for each. McGrew was also charged with violations related to the vehicle pulled over by police.

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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1 Comment

  • Loui Luana July 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Presumed guilty until proven innocent, more like.

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