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.
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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