ST. GEORGE – The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested five men on multiple drug and other charges Tuesday in two unrelated incidents.
Tuesday evening, detectives with the task force conducted a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 15 at mile post 3. A search warrant had been issued for the car involved and the people inside it, St. George Police Capt. Kyle Whitehead said.
Four men were in the car, which included driver Jeffery Worthington, 52, of St. George, and passengers Winston Stanley, 20, of Washington City, John Palmerson, 37, and Shannon Jordan, 32, both of St. George.
A search of the car and the individuals involved produced distributable amounts of methamphetamine and associated drug paraphernalia. Substances believed to be heroin and prescription drugs were also found, Whitehead said.
Based on statements made by Worthington during a police interview, he knowingly drove the others to Las Vegas for the purpose of buying methamphetamine. He also indicated that he would be compensated for taking the men to Las Vegas, Whitehead said.
The four men were arrested and taken to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Worthington was charged with a third-degree felony for conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine, as well as two previous warrants.
Jordan was charged with second-degree felony drug distribution and third-degree felony drug possession, as well as a class-B misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia.
Palmerson was charged with two second-degree felonies for drug distribution and a class-B misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia.
Winston was charged with third-degree felony drug possession and a class-B misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia.
In an unrelated incident in Washington City earlier that day, a resident on Graham Manor Street was also the subject of a search warrant by the task force.
James Portwood, of Washington City, was arrested after task force detectives executed the warrant and found what was described as a large amount of marijuana in individually packaged bags, Whitehead said. According to a probable cause statement, paraphernalia included glass pipes and a scale allegedly used for weighing the bags. Detectives also found a .22 caliber rifle underneath Portwood’s bed.
Portwood was taken to the Purgatory Correctional Facility and charged with two third-degree felonies, one for drug distribution and the other for possession of a weapon by a restricted person. He was also charged with a class-B misdemeanor.
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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