Task force arrests man living in Motel 6 for heroin, methamphetamine possession

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ST. GEORGE — A St. George man was arrested Thursday after members of the Washington County Drug Task Force found him in possession of heroin and methamphetamine in a motel room.

David McGrew booking photo posted Dec. 11, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
David McGrew, of St. George, booking photo posted Dec. 11, 2014 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Task force detectives were following a vehicle carrying a man with a history of drug possession, task force Detective Travis Hall wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. The vehicle dropped the man off at Motel 6, located at 205 N. 1000 East in St. George, where he went to Room 119 and met with a man inside. Detectives obtained information from the motel, identifying the man living inside as 47-year-old David McGrew.

After further investigation, it was discovered that McGrew was on probation at the time, Hall said in the statement. Hall contacted Adult Probation and Parole Agent Doug Chambers who confirmed McGrew was currently one of his clients, the statement said.

According to court documents, McGrew is currently on a 36-month probation period after pleading guilty in May to distribution of heroin, a second-degree felony.

Chambers asked Hall to assist him by contacting McGrew and performing a search of his motel room based on his probation agreement, Hall said in the statement. About that time, McGrew was seen leaving the motel room. Task force detectives were able to make contact with McGrew near Denny’s Restaurant on 1000 East and told him they were asked by his probation officer to conduct a search of his room.

Upon searching the room, multiple drug-related items were discovered, Hall said in the statement. These items included a scale and small plastic baggies, where officers found a small brown flake that tested positive for heroin.

“A glass pipe was also located by detectives which had an amount of residue inside,” Hall said in the statement.

The residue was also tested and showed positive results for methamphetamine, the statement said.

When task force detectives told McGrew they were asked to obtain a urine sample from him, McGrew admitted that he would test positive for both heroin and methamphetamine, Hall said in the statement. McGrew said he had used the drugs on Tuesday night.

With a preschool located across the street from Motel 6, McGrew was within 1000-feet of a drug-free zone and the drug charges against him were enhanced by one degree, Hall said in the statement.

McGrew was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He was charged with two second-degree felonies for possession of heroin and methamphetamine, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. McGrew was also placed under a 72-hour hold per the request of his probation officer.

His bail is set at $21,950 cash or bond.

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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  • ladybugavenger December 14, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    The drug task force asked ap&p to call him and do a search, buthe left the room and the drug task force stopped mcgrew and told him ap&p asked them to do a search. Hahaha that sucks. Don’t do drugs. That’s just begging the cops/drug task force to set you up.

    • Koolaid December 15, 2014 at 8:57 am

      That dawg McGrew didn’t listen to that dog McGruff.

  • ladybugavenger December 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Well, my summary may not make sense lol…I drank too much koolaid, extra sugar but still, hahaha, that sucks! Back away from the drugs, you don’t need them. You may think you do, but you don’t.

  • Ewok December 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm


  • Koolaid December 15, 2014 at 12:17 am

    He’s been through the desert on a horse with no name.

  • sagemoon December 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Dang tweeker/junkie!

    • mo ferguson December 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Tweekers suck….on glass pipes.

  • Not buying it December 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Appears Travis hall is shaping up to be just as corrupt as his predesesers.
    Following drug addicts around and shaking down everyone they come in contact with is a crime called stalking.
    Typical st. George.

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