Parolee arrested for felony drug possession

ST. GEORGE – A home compliance check by Adult Probation and Parole agents Wednesday resulted in a felony drug arrest of a parolee with the Utah Board of Pardons.

Joel William Segler, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Joel William Segler, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

During a visit to 35-year-old Joel William Segler’s home in St. George, agents were attempting to make contact with him when Segler arrived home, Adult Probation and Parole Officer Alan Dressler said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

Segler got out of the vehicle he arrived home in and began walking toward his house, Dressler said. After seeing the agents, Segler changed direction and walked in between two vehicles. After interviewing Segler, agents walked the same path he had taken.

“On the ground where he turned to walk between the vehicles,” Dressler wrote in the statement, “I found a glass pipe with a white residue and a burnt bulb on the end.”

Segler admitted the pipe was his and was arrested and charged with one second-degree felony for drug possession and one class A misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia. Segler’s home is located within 640 feet of a church, making the location a drug free zone and enhancing his charges.

Segler was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Wednesday. His bail was set at $11,940.

Segler made his initial court appearance Thursday.

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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6 Comments

  • choppedliver September 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Our drug laws are insane.

  • Mary September 22, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I suspect once people are into meth , the real path out would be to have them work on a remote farm that is far far from society and sources of crack .

    They should stay on the farms until they succeed in living a year without the crack .
    Altho a former alcoholic did tell me that cravings for substances often runs a couple of years .

    • killjoy September 22, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I think 4 years might be better. No means of outside contact too.

  • Koolaid September 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Was it Heroin? Is heroin another horse enjoyed by the men of Dixie?

  • George Heyduke September 23, 2014 at 12:11 am

    @Mary, get your facts straight before you make stupid comments, meth and crack are two entirely different drugs. Besides, if an addict wants his fix bad enough he will get it, no matter how dislocated from society he may be. Look at the prisons for example, drugs are just as accessible in there as in the outside world, and how do you think the get in there? If you guessed from the correction officers, you are correct. Bottom line is, an addict is not going to get help until he or she wants it.

  • ohmy.... November 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Really this is considered news to you guys….EVERY single day there is someone who is on AP&P who violates probation and goes to jail for it. My question for you STGnews what sets this mans violation of probation arrest apart from any other parolees who violate that it needs to have a news article written on it??
    I may not know this man or know all his struggles he faces but I do understand addiction. It is an every day struggle that needs SUPPORT not to be put down and
    blast for a moment of weakness…….

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