News short: Traffic stop leads to arrest for marijuana, weapon, warrants

LAVERKIN – A Hurricane man was arrested Tuesday after a LaVerkin City Police officer found him in possession of, and driving under the influence of, marijuana.

Late Tuesday night, Officer Jacob Bulkley made a traffic stop in LaVerkin for a headlight violation. After approaching the vehicle, Bulkley found that 20-year-old Jorge Arturo Becerra Delbillar was attempting to conceal a glass jar between the driver’s side door and the driver’s seat of his vehicle; the jar contained a “green, leafy substance” that Bulkley believed to be marijuana, according to a probable cause statement filed by Bulkley in connection with Delbillar’s arrest.

Delbillar told Bulkley he did not have a Utah driver’s license and that his Idaho driver’s license had expired the previous month. Bulkley instructed Delbillar to step out of the vehicle, and Bulkley learned from dispatch that Delbillar had three active warrants for his arrest. Dispatch confirmed Delbillar had never obtained a Utah driver’s license.

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Jorge Arturo Becerra Delbillar, booking photo posted Dec. 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

After Bulkley informed Delbillar that he was under arrest for the three active warrants, Delbillar admitted the substance in his car was marijuana and that he had smoked marijuana earlier that evening.

Delbillar also had a “large folding knife’ in his possession,” according to the statement. His arrest was made within 1,000 feet of a church, causing his drug-related charges to be enhanced.

Delbillar was arrested on the three active warrants – one a third-degree felony, one a class B misdemeanor and the other a class C misdemeanor. He was additionally charged with one class A misdemeanor for drug possession, one class A misdemeanor for possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, one class B misdemeanor for driving under the influence, one class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, one class C misdemeanor for driving without a valid driver’s license, and one class C misdemeanor for a headlight violation.

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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10 Comments

  • Ken Carlton December 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Officer Bulkley, Good job and follow up. Thank you for your service to making our community safer. Be careful on those car stops.
    To the LaVerkin City Police Chief, we appreciate the proactive work you are fostering, keep up the good work.

  • ladybugavenger December 11, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    good ole traffic stop routine

  • Mr. Winkle December 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Good grief, the cops keep arresting all of these innocent folks. When will the locals follow our liberal friends in Ca and start rioting?

  • Koolaid December 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Kinda has that Cat Stevens look

    • mo ferguson December 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Cat Stevens converted to Islam and is now known as Kareem “Sylvester” Meowmohamed.

  • munchie December 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Isn’t every arrest here within 1,000 feet of a church?

    • Ridolph December 11, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Actually no

    • Koolaid December 12, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Doesn’t every guy in Washington county carry a knife or gun?

      • mo ferguson December 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

        KOOLAID, I even know some gals in Washington county that carry a knife AND a gun. So it’s not just the guys.

  • Missy December 12, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Yep.

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