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.
“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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