Two arrested after police find meth, variety of weapons

ST. GEORGE — A St. George man and woman were arrested Sunday after police found them in possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and multiple weapons.

At approximately 9 a.m., St. George Police Officer Mike Christensen ran the license plate of a car traveling south on 700 East and discovered the vehicle registration was expired and the car insurance came back as “not found,” Christensen wrote in the probable cause statements supporting the arrests.

Before dispatch came back with the information, the driver of the car pulled into the driveway of a home located at 600 E. 700 S. in St. George and parked, Christensen said in the statement. When Christensen received the information from dispatch, he turned back around and made contact with the vehicle occupants.

Ezra Kunz booking photo posted Nov. 30, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Ezra Kunz, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 30, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Christensen identified the driver of the vehicle as 23-year-old Ezra Loyal Kunz and his passenger as 18-year-old Arial Carter. At least one other passenger was seen in the vehicle as well, Christensen said in the statement, but left the area before Christensen arrived.

Kunz, who was also found to be driving on a suspended license, said the vehicle belonged to his father and that it was uninsured, Christensen said. Kunz consented to a search and said he occasionally drove the vehicle and that some of his personal items were inside.

“Inside (Kunz’s) right front shirt pocket, I located a clear plastic baggie with a white crystal like substance inside,” Christensen said in a statement. “Based on my training and experience, I suspected this was methamphetamine.”

Carter also consented to the search of a purse officers found inside the car, Christensen said. Inside, police found two glass pipes with residue inside of them.

One pipe contained a white-crystal-like substance and another had a burnt substance inside, the statement said. Carter said she knew the pipes were there, and had used the pipes on Saturday.

During an inventory of the vehicle, officers also located a pair of brass knuckles, a long “bayonet type” knife and another knife approximately six to eight inches long, Christensen said in a statement.

Ariel Carter booking photo posted Nov. 30, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Ariel Carter, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 30, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“This (shorter) knife was located tucked between the center console and the driver’s seat,” Christensen said. “The other knife was approximately 15-inches long and was located in the trunk of the vehicle.”

Both Kunz and Carter were arrested and booked into Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Sunday.

All drug charges against the two were enhanced because Christensen witnessed the vehicle within 1,000 feet of an LDS Church and Dixie State College, according to the statements.

Kunz was charged with one second-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine; two class-A misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon; and two class C misdemeanors for driving without registration and on a denied license. His bail is set at $6,000.

Carter was charged with one second-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail is set at $6,000.

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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  • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Good job cops. Get these crackheads locked up so they can get help.

  • jason December 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    There is an ad for jeans in this story where the sale is Oct 16th-18th.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic December 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Thanks, Jason. I’ll look into that; that does seem pointless.
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • koolaid December 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Whew! Good thing it was near an LDS church. Are arrests not warranted in the vicinity some lowly Gentile church, those churches of the devil?

    • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      On the other hand, a perpetrator will actually receive a lighter sentence if the crime is done in the vicinity of a gentile religious establishment.

      • koolaid December 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        Even if they aren’t worthy?

  • Zonkerb December 1, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Meth lab for sale by previous owners make offer

  • Dolly December 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Is there actually any place in this town that is not within 1000 feet of a church (any type) or a school? I’d almost be willing to bet that this entire town is a “drug-free” zone, since there are churches and schools on nearly every corner!

  • MissMystic December 2, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Actually if you are near ANY church , school, or daycare your charges can be enhanced, which is basically any location in Washington county . Please don’t get it twisted people and try and turn it into something more than it is. This is why this law works so well for the police, they can enhance almost every charge. This has nothing to do with religion!

  • MissMystic December 2, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Oh and they are Metheads, not crack heads. Crack is crack, meth is meth.

  • hudrockson December 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

    They each received the same bail? That seems a bit odd…

    • Devan Chavez December 2, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Originally, their bail amounts did differ, but during their initial court appearances on Monday, a judge reduced each bail amount to $6,000. I hope that helps, Hudrockson.

      • hudrockson December 2, 2014 at 10:23 am

        Ahhh! Thank you for the information, Mr. Chavez. I appreciate your reply!

  • sagemoon December 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Dang tweekers.

  • Koolaid December 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Being near DSU, are they sure it was MATH and LAB assignments? I question the weapons charges since about every yahoo around St George has a gun and/or knife.

  • villager December 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Gotta hide my machete!

  • Jeremy van December 3, 2014 at 12:01 am

    How was that consider lethal weapon when you can buy em off pawn shops I don’t think they should be charged for the weapons but the drugs yes

  • Zonkerb December 3, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Well they regulate the potency of Utah meth like they do Utah beer so they will be charged with possession of almost a meth like substance…

  • Zonkerb December 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I wonder how Josh Duh Dalton is going to do with his parents locked up.!

  • robert December 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    its a travesty that cops can run plates without pulling you over for something else first.

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