ST. GEORGE – Washington County Drug Task Force detectives arrested a 20-year-old LaVerkin man during a traffic stop Thursday evening in possession of a distributable amount of methamphetamine.
Detectives initiated a traffic stop at 100 East Red Hills Parkway in St. George on a vehicle equipment violation for a broken brake light lens and a burnt out rear license plate light, Washington County Drug Task Force Detective Chad Pectol said in his probable cause statements supporting the arrests.
When detectives spoke with the driver, who identified himself as Johnnie J. Huddleston Jr., they smelled an odor of suspected marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, Pectol said in the statement.
Huddleston agreed to step out of the vehicle, Pectol said, and when asked about the smell, Huddleston told detectives a friend had smoked marijuana inside his car within the last two days.
Detectives searched Huddleston’s vehicle and located a distributable amount of methamphetamine inside the center console of the vehicle, along with a container of marijuana, the statement said.
“(Huddleston) was interviewed under Miranda and he said he did not know anything about the suspected illegal drugs found inside his vehicle,” Pectol said in the statement. “I placed (Huddleston) into custody. While searching his person, at least 13 small baggies were located inside his pants pocket. The baggies were a size that was consistent with the packaging used to sale illegal narcotics.”
Huddleston was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
He was charged with one second-degree felony for drug possession with intent to distribute; two class B misdemeanors for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia; and one class C misdemeanor for operating an improperly equipped vehicle on a public roadway. His bail is set at $11,410.
Huddleston made his initial appearance in 5th District Court on Dec. 19, according to court documents, where Judge G. Michael Westfall determined Huddleston to be indigent and appointed Douglas D. Terry as his counsel. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Dec. 29.
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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