Drug Task Force investigation nets nine locals

ST. GEORGE — Nine people were arrested Thursday on various drug charges after the Washington County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the area of 1200 West and 350 North in St. George.

The nine arrested were all found at the same residence and in close proximity to the drugs or had the drugs directly in their possession, St. George Police Captain Kyle Whitehead said.

The following people were arrested: Brandon James Wetzel, 32, of St. George; Jaylyn Ann Stocking, 44, of St. George; Breanna Mae Sorrels, 26, of Washington; John Clark Palmerson, 37, of St. George; Garrett Bernell Lewis, 27, of St. George; Christopher Perry Jorgensen, 24, of St. George; Tylor Scott Leon Brotherson, 20, of St. George; Dorthea Dawn Ashmore, 33, of Ivins; and Douglas Conrad Anthony, 35, of St. George.

While the Task Force was conducting its investigation, Whitehead said, Brotherson, Anthony, Ashmore, Wetzel and Palmerson were found to have various illegal drugs directly in their possession.

Palmerson’s charges included distribution because of the quantities he was holding. “He had a pipe with heroin residue, and larger amounts of heroin and cash,” Whitehead said, “he had over $1,000 cash on his person.”

Brotherson was found in possession of two balloons of heroin, while Anthony was in possession of a grinder containing suspected marijuana, and he also had possession of heroin and methamphetamine, Whitehead said.

Charges and bail

Wetzel, Lewis, Sorrels, Stocking, Brotherson and Ashmore were each charged with third-degree felony drug possession and class-B misdemeanor possession or drug paraphernalia. Sorrels is also being held for a probation violation. Wetzel and Lewis’s bail were set at $6,083, each; Sorrels, Stocking,  Brotherson and Ashmore’s bail were set at $5,583 each.

 Palmerson and Jorgensen are each facing charges for second-degree felony drug manufacturing/distribution and class-B possession of drug paraphernalia. Palmerson’s bail is set at $13,083. Jorgensen’s bail on the possession and distribution charges is set at $10,583 with additional bail on five outstanding warrants listed at $6,500.

Anthony was charged with two counts of third-degree felony drug possession, one count of Class-B misdemeanor drug possession and one count of Class-B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, with total bail set at $16,666.

All individuals were booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Persons 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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  • glock January 18, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Cops in this town!! Don’t you have anything better to…wait. Nice job guys! Getting the druggies and dealers off the street!

  • Mark January 18, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Each and everyone of those illegals should be deported!

    • Patti January 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Mark really? Looking at their pictures and reading their last names…I’m wondering where you are considering deporting them to. Ignorant fool!

  • anonymous January 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Drug problems in Mormanville. Noooooo……Say it ain’t sooooooo.

    • Festus January 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Learn how to spell Mormon turd….

      • Craig January 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

        Joseph The Pedophile Con Artist Smith is the correct way to spell Mormon turd.

        • Festus January 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          Got some built up anger huh Craig.. You should really see someone about that..

          • Craig January 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm

            No anger, just facts. j smith was a pedo and a con…and that is how you spell turd..J-o-s-e-p-h S-m-i-t-h…. another way to spell turd is
            W-a-r-r-e-n J-e-f-f-s

        • Kraig January 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm

          Dude, you need to lay off the drugs. You’re not making any sense.

  • Mark January 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Whoa whoa whoa! Uncle Fester take a chill pill.

    • Festus January 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Who is fester and why is he taking pills?

  • trucker January 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Johnny WTF??? I thought you were trying to get some funds on Stacy books. I don’t think she is or would be to happy with you old friend. If you get out call me.

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