IRON COUNTY – A Riverside, California man traveling through Southern Utah on his way to Colorado was arrested Monday by the Utah Highway Patrol for having more than a pound of marijuana in his possession.
Although he carried a current and valid medical marijuana card from the state of California, 31-year-old Deyton Francois Davis was still breaking the law in Utah, said UHP Sgt. Ryan Bauer.
“You can’t bring marijuana into the state of Utah even if you have a medical card,” Bauer said. “Because of the way the laws of the constitution are set up, you have to obey the laws of each state that you are in while you are in it.”
When asked why he didn’t wait until arriving in Colorado to purchase marijuana for consumption, Davis told the UHP trooper that the product was much cheaper in California, Bauer said.
Davis was driving a rented black 2010 Infiniti and was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 15 at mile marker 70, just south of Parowan, Bauer said. The SUV was traveling at 90 mph.
It wasn’t until the driver rolled down the window and the trooper smelled marijuana that the vehicle was searched on a probable cause warrant.
“Based on the smell, the trooper went ahead and conducted a search of the man’s SUV and found approximately one-and-a-half pounds of marijuana,” he said.
During the search, Bauer said, Davis admitted to the trooper that he had been smoking marijuana recently. Davis was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Iron County Jail at 1:01 p.m.
According to the Iron County Bookings website, Davis was charged with two third-degree felonies, possession of marijuana 16 ounces to 100 pounds and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance; two class B misdemeanors, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a measurable controlled substance (DUI metabolite); and an infraction for speeding.
According to the report, Bauer said, Davis was also driving on a suspended or revoked license which the trooper charged him with at the scene.
A representative of the Iron County Jail said that Davis’ bail is currently set at $7,500, but that it is subject to change after he goes before a judge. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Davis was still in custody.
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