Task force nabs man for felony drug distribution

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WASHINGTON CITY – The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested a man Saturday for felony drug distribution of a variety of drugs.

Christopher Stan Reighard, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Christopher Stan Reighard, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Task force agents served a narcotics search warrant on Christopher Stan Reighard’s residence located on the 100 North block of 1180 East in a Washington neighborhood. Inside, they found methamphetamine, heroin, alprazolam (ed. note: a familiar brand of alprazolam is Xanax), a scale, several glass pipes and other drug paraphernalia, task force Detective Ty Dove said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

A 13-year-old juvenile was present at the time of the search, Dove said. The drugs and paraphernalia were located on a bed and in the middle of the floor where the juvenile could have easily accessed them and Reighard was subsequently charged with child endangerment.

Reighard was arrested and charged with two first-degree felonies for drug possession with the intent to distribute; one second-degree felony for drug possession with the intent to distribute; one third-degree felony for endangering the welfare of a child; and one class A misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia.

Reighard was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Saturday. His bail is set at $56,950.

This was not Reighard’s first run-in with the law. He was convicted of felony drug possession and unlawful possession of a firearm in 2013, according to Utah state court records, and put on probation. Reighard was also convicted in 2004 of an amended charge of drug distribution, and received another drug possession conviction in 2003.

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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  • Brian September 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Repeat offender…. Lock him up this time…. For a long time

  • Koolaid September 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Well it’s certainly a good thing no dogs or cats were involved! Otherwise, people would really, really be mad!

  • munchie September 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    “Subsequently charged with child endangerment”? I thought that law had been stricken from the books.

  • DAVE RABBITT September 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Edit to Moderator STGN: Please delete prior comment ; (Broken hyperlink)

    Three Strikes Law: UTAH – Information for the State of Utah, was found on Page 9

    Year Law Enacted: 1995
    Data Current as of: 08/98
    Number of Convictions: 0

    “Utah’s flexible sentencing structure allows for 3 possible sentences: 1-5 years, 1-15 years, and 5 years to life, and most serious crimes earn a lengthy indeterminate sentence.

    The Board of Pardons and Parole determines the release date and virtually never grants pardons. Because of this scheme, there has also been little use of a sentencing enhancement law for repeat offenders which ratchets a second degree felony (1-15) up to a first degree felony (5-life); under which just 16 persons have been sentenced since 1990.

    Prosecutors know that they can bargain away a three strike enhancement in exchange for a guilty plea because a dangerous person is unlikely to be released early”.

    Has this date changed, over the past 16 years – or is it still the same?

  • Zonkerb September 23, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Thats no way to treat a future city council members

  • Mary September 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

    So he was convicted last year on felony charges and already running loose to do it again ?
    So felony time here equals what ? 60 days ?

  • Herd September 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    What is it called when high schoolers throw a party and they mix their parents’ prescription drugs in a pot for their friend party goers?

  • ladybugavenger September 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    The headline says. “…felony drug distribution” is there drug distribution that’s not a felony?

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