ST. GEORGE — A St. George woman is in jail after being arrested by the Washington County Drug Task Force Friday for distribution of methamphetamine, and for concealing meth inside the area of her bra which was discovered during a pre-booking search at the jail.
Over the span of two months, confidential informants allegedly purchased meth from 34-year-old Lindsay Connelley, of St. George, task force Detective E. Judy said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest. One of those controlled buys took place in July 2014 and the other two in August 2014. (Correction made: 2013 corrected to 2014.)
The Task Force conducted the many controlled buys weeks apart to help protect the identity of their confidential informants as well as to help solidify the case, St. George Police Lt. Mark Brklacich said.
“It shows that there is actual distribution and it’s not just a one-time thing,”Brklacich said, “but that this person is continually selling to people.”
All three controlled buys overseen by the Task Force were conducted within drug-free zones, with at least one being within 1,000 feet of Pine View High School in St. George and another within 1,000 feet of a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to Judy’s probable cause statements. Because of this, Connelly’s distribution charges were increased to first-degree felonies.
During a search of her person during pre-booking at the jail, Washington County Sheriff’s deputies discovered baggies of a crystal-like substance in Connelley’s bra, Brklacich said. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine.
Connelly was charged with three first-degree felonies for methamphetamine distribution and one third-degree felony for possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. Her bail is set at $40,000.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
Ed. CORRECTION: The buys took place in 2014, not 2013.
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