ST. GEORGE — A 19-year-old St. George man was arrested for drug and firearm possession after the Washington County Drug Task Force obtained a warrant and searched the man’s residence.
On Feb. 26, Layton Duane Baker of St. George was found in possession of marijuana, prescription medication, and a firearm, Lt. Mark Brklacich said. The task force is still investigating, but it is believed that the firearm was stolen, Brklacich said.
According to court documents, Baker had his initial appearance in 5th District Court Feb. 27 and is scheduled for his next court appearance Monday. Baker remains in the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on a $50,000 cash bail.
According to the probable cause statement supporting the arrest, officers found Baker in possession of oxycodone, oxycodone hydrochloride and methadone, all without a prescription.
Baker was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, three counts of possession or use of a controlled substance, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, all second-degree felonies; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.
Baker’s drug-related charges were enhanced for being in a drug-free zone – within 1,000 feet of a Catholic Church.
Brklacich said Baker was charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person because anyone in possession of drugs is automatically restricted from having a firearm. Baker is also a convicted felon, and so is prohibited from possession of firearms, according to the probable cause statement.
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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