Drug Task Force apprehends man for drugs, firearm; $50,000 cash bail set

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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.

Layton Duane Baker, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's bookings, St. George News
Layton Duane Baker, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s bookings, St. George News

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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  • Mean Momma March 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Hmmm isn’t it interesting that this is one of the delinquents involved in that accident last summer on Valley View drive that killed the 15 year old girl? I kept saying how these boys were no good and well, I guess my point has been proven. Btw… One of the other no good boys is currently in the bookings as well. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

    • fun bag March 6, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      scum bag drug addict felons. They should’ve been put away for that girls death too.

      • Mean Momma March 7, 2015 at 7:15 am

        Amen to that! I couldn’t have said it any better!

  • Mean Momma March 7, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Just wait…. Soon this comment section will be filled with lies from this “upstanding citizens” family and little druggy friends talking about how terrible we are for saying these things about poor Layton. How he is sooooo wonderful and just made a mistake. Boo hoo!….. SHUDDUP!

  • Mesaizacd March 9, 2015 at 10:01 am

    You two should be ashamed of the disgusting comments you have made here its all nothing but unwarranted hatred of people you know nothing about. You should care for your fellow human being… LOL! NOT REALLY scumbag drug addicts is exactly what they are they’re felons that should of been locked up long ago

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