UHP arrests man for marijuana extraction lab found in trunk

WASHINGTON CITY— Utah Highway Patrol arrested a 24-year-old man Friday afternoon after a search of his vehicle unveiled more than an ounce of marijuana and manufacturing tools for extractions of marijuana.

Just after noon, a vehicle driven by a man, later identified as Karl Wesley Young, of Aurora, Colorado, was headed southbound on Interstate 15. UHP Trooper Grant Hintze executed a traffic stop on the vehicle near Exit 13 for tinted taillights. Tinted taillights make it hard to see when a vehicle brakes, Hintze said.

Karl Wesley Young, 24, of Aurora, Colorado booking photo posted on Dec. 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Karl Wesley Young, 24, of Aurora, Colorado booking photo posted on Dec. 19, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“When I walked up, the driver (Young) rolled down the passenger side window and I could smell marijuana,” Hintze said. “I asked him to exit the vehicle.”

During the search of the vehicle, paraphernalia for the personal use of marijuana was found in the glove box. In the trunk, over an ounce of marijuana was found in a backpack, along with manufacturing cooking tools used to extract chemicals from marijuana.

“There were cooking pots, a pressure chamber, hoses and butane,” Hintze said, “basically like a lab setup.”

Extractions of marijuana in the form of a waxy substance were also found. The extractions create a more potent form of marijuana, Hintze said.

Young was arrested and transported to the UHP office for questioning by state investigators due to the amount of marijuana and lab equipment found in his car. Young stated he was going to California, Hintze said.

Young was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. Upon being booked, additional marijuana was found on Young’s person.

Young was charged with a third-degree felony for possession of contraband inside the jail for the marijuana found on his person, a class-A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony for drug manufacturing, two class-B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and a class-C misdemeanor for unsafe vehicle. According to bookings information, Young’s current bail stands at $16,970.

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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24 Comments

  • Joe Smith December 20, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    In Colorado I bet all that stuff would be legal. Hard way to learn a lesson…

    • koolaid December 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      In Utah,it merits harsher penalties than violent crimes

      • Momz December 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Yes it does Koolaid… Pretty sad actually. Don’t know about the BHO, but still… No one dies from MJ.

    • Sandydog5 December 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Colorado does not allow homemaking BHO (butane hash oil).

      • Medical420 December 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

        Yes it does! Only the city of Denver banned bho processing !
        Get better info before you spread lies!

  • Koolaid December 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    And if he had only been drunk and wrecked a sheriff’s vehicle with loaded weapons and children on board, he’d have gotten off lightly… maybe, depending on the bishop connection and tithing thing.

  • Sandydog5 December 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    “extractions create a more potent” Just a concentrate, less is consumed. “stop for tinted taillights” Colorado license plate?

    • Clay December 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      They get that wrong all the time. It’s like saying isolated whey protein is a more potent form of protein. Same potency on a gram to gram basis, just more concentrated. A gram is a gram.

  • indica jay December 21, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Guess which finger I’m holding up right now Utah?

    • Ozark Rumrunner December 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

      Probably the finger that shows the IQ results of you last test

    • Not buying it December 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

      The one up your …
      Ed. ellipsis.

  • Liahoni December 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    This is a stunning example of profiling and enforcement of unjust laws.

    The U.S. government classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, defined as having “no medicinal value and highly addictive.” Other Schedule 1 Drugs are Heroine, Meth, and Ecstasy. Yet, they own the medical marijuana patent for curing serious brain trauma like Cancer, Epilepsy and Leukemia using Cannabis.

    Yes you are reading this correctly: The U.S. government, which includes the DEA, owns patent #6630507 for medical marijuana.

    How many lives have been ruined by the “War on Drugs”?
    How many people have died because the medicine that works was outlawed to appease the Big Pharma, Alcohol, and Corrections lobbies?

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/US-patent-6630507.pdf

  • jsnow December 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    These draconian laws need changing

    • Koolaid December 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Won’t happen as long as you have senators like Hatch who are bought by pharmaceutical companies. Pharmaceutical meds are big $$$!

  • adamn December 22, 2014 at 3:13 am

    This is horrible. Everyone is looking at your backward … state in shame! Horrible i’l never visit there and I’ll tell my friends and family to do the same. …
    Ed. ellipses.

  • Jon R. Cocktoasten December 22, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Thank you Adam for not coming… Also thank you for telling your family, whom I’m sure shares your views, to not come! WE DON’T WANT THEM!!!

    • Jaime December 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

      nothing is in Utah besides some whack snowing and some corny basketball team.

  • mo ferguson December 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Just another “producer” (unlicensed chemist) on his way to Cali for meet his “distributor” (unlicensed pharmacist). Normal everyday business as usual…..nothing wrong with a little capitalism.

  • knowa December 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

    It requires a pound of dried Indica Bud just to make a few ounces of Rick Simpsons cancer cure.

  • FatRat December 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Go to Utah? On PURPOSE? There are certain states intelligent people know were meant to be FLOWN over only.

  • Mean Momma December 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Yes Fatrat, we Utahns thank you for ONLY flying over our state…. Let’s keep it that way!

    • Jaime December 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Or unless you want 5 wives and a bunch of mormons lmao

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