CEDAR CITY— Utah Highway Patrol discovered 9 pounds of methamphetamine upon investigation of a vehicle driven by an Arizona woman Wednesday evening near mile marker 45, between New Harmony and Kanarraville, on Interstate 15.
While patrolling the area near mile marker 45 on I-15 a white passenger car slowed and upon applying the brakes, the third brake light in the back window was observed as not functioning and the rear view mirror had a number of things hanging from it such that the driver’s view through the windshield was obstructed, according to UHP’s probable cause statement in support of the arrest.
“Upon making contact with the occupants of the vehicle, I found that the driver was abnormally nervous, and was shaking,” the trooper wrote in the statement. “I further observed she would not maintain eye contact, and would avoid looking at me while we were talking.”
The driver, Shauna Ray, 28, out of Tuscon, Arizona, had a suspended Arizona driver’s license. Through further conversation with Ray and passenger, Aracelie Ausuzena Quintero-Rienhardt, 22, of Tucson, Arizona, discrepancies in their travel plans and relationships escalated the trooper’s suspicion of criminal activity, according to the statement.
Consent for searching the vehicle was given and resulted in the finding of checks, credit cards, social security cards and state issued IDs for individuals not present in the vehicle. Drug paraphernalia was also found.
Quintero-Reinhardt and Ray were arrested and transported to the UHP section office along with the vehicle for further investigation.
A K-9 was deployed and further search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of approximately 9 pounds of methamphetamine which estimates a street value of $200,000, according to the statement, and additional drug paraphernalia and heroin were found.
Quintero-Reinhardt and Ray were booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility. They were each charged with a second-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, third-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine, third-degree felony for possession of heroin, class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree felony for unlawful possession of card, and five third-degree felonies for identity fraud.
In addition to those charges, Ray was charged with a class C misdemeanor for driving on a suspended driver’s license.
According to current bookings information Ray and Quintero-Reinhardt’s bail requirements for release are set at $20,000 cash only.
Ray and Quintero-Reinhardt had initial court appearances Friday and their preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
This is a developing story.
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