No-insurance traffic stop leads to dual arrest for methamphetamine

WASHINGTON CITY — A man and woman were arrested on Wednesday for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute after being pulled over for a no-insurance traffic stop.

Nadine Griggs, of Washington City, booking photo posted Oct. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Nadine Griggs, of Washington City, booking photo posted Oct. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Officer Eric DeMille of the Washington City Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle, driven by Nadine Griggs of Washington City, for driving without insurance, DeMille wrote in probable cause statements supporting the arrests. While speaking with Griggs, DeMille said he witnessed signs of drug use and asked for her consent to have a K-9 unit sniff the vehicle, which she gave.

After Griggs’ agreed to the search, DeMille then asked the passenger, Joshua Conwell, of Washington City, to step from the vehicle and consent to a search.

Prior to being searched, Conwell told officers he was carrying marijuana in his pocket. While searching Conwell, DeMille said, he also noted Conwell had a knife in his pocket and told Conwell he would retrieve the marijuana himself for his own safety. In doing so, DeMille said in his statement, he found a syringe and on further search a second syringe, both of which Conwell later said were for his diabetes.

A clear bag of suspected methamphetamine, a scale and multiple empty plastic bags were discovered during the K-9 search, DeMille said in the statements. Officers also found two pills — identified as oxycodone — in a black purse that Griggs said was hers.

Joshua Conwell, of Washington City, booking photo posted Oct. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Joshua Conwell, of Washington City, booking photo posted Oct. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Both Griggs and Conwell denied any knowledge of the methamphetamine located inside the vehicle, DeMille said in the statements, although Griggs said the purse was hers and that she might have had two Percocet (an oxycodone/acetaminophen drug) in it.

“She stated that she has not used Methamphetamine for a year, because of her anxiety,” DeMille wrote in his statement.

Griggs was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, possession of prescription medication, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without insurance, both class B misdemeanors.

Griggs was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility, with bail set at $15,983 bail. She has since posted bail via a bond payment and been released.

Conwell was also arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, all class B misdemeanors.

Conwell was booked into Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility with bail set at $11,846 and remains in custody.

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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5 Comments

  • ladybugavenger October 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    First of all, drugs have fried your brain. You do not drive with no insurance while carrying drugs. Second of all, you liar, look at you, that is not anxiety, that is meth. And finally, put them both on a poster.

  • Chuck Brown October 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Totally agree with the LadyBugavenger….Drugs addicts are so messed up they can’t even lie straight..Hahaha anxiety my ass, more like Meth Face.

  • JB October 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Just plain Ewww… Good job Officer DeMille!!

  • Don October 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

    The arresting officer must have exercised telepathic powers to determine the driver had no insurance. Probable cause could not have been established based on that hypothesis. No insurance is not a visible item such as a broken tail light. Nonetheless, one more druggie off the street is always good news,

    • robbie October 14, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Actually, the arresting officer could have looked up his computer and saw they had no insurance. 🙂

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