HURRICANE — Two Anaheim, California, residents were arrested Thursday after police found a variety of weapons and drugs in their vehicle during a traffic stop for speeding.
Officers stopped a grey pickup truck for speeding 63 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone on State Street in Hurricane, according to a probable cause statement written by Hurricane City Police Officer Spencer Lundell in support of the arrests.
While speaking with the driver of the truck, identified as 36-year-old Johnathan Brett Whitmer, and the passenger, identified as 39-year-old Donna Parker, officers noticed the smell of marijuana, according to the statement.
After Whitmer said he had marijuana in the back of the pickup truck, officers performed a search of the vehicle.
During a search of the truck, officers located a small container, a 2-quart glass jar and a plastic bag each containing marijuana, the statement said, along with multiple bags of white crystals and powder which tested positive for methamphetamine. Police also found an electronic scale and a glass pipe.
In addition to the drugs, police located several knives, two firearms and a box of ammunition, according to the statement. Because of prior felony convictions, both Whitmer and Parker are restricted from having weapons in their possession.
“(Whitmer) stated that he used methamphetamine this morning before starting their drive to Arizona,” Lundell wrote in the statement. “(Whitmer) also stated that they were transporting some of the methamphetamine and marijuana to his daughter in Page, AZ.”
Both Whitmer and Parker were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Whitmer was charged with two second-degree felonies for drug distribution and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person; two third-degree felonies for drug distribution and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person; two class B misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a measurable controlled substance; and a class C misdemeanor for speeding.
Judge Eric Ludlow, of the 5th District Court, ordered $25,000 bail for Whitmer’s release pending trial.
Whitmer was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Friday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Douglas Terry. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on June 1.
Parker was charged with two second-degree felonies for drug distribution and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person; a third-degree felony for drug distribution; and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ludlow ordered $25,000 bail for Parker’s release pending trial.
Parker was also found indigent by the court during her initial court appearance Friday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Aric Cramer. She is scheduled to make her next court appearance on June 1.
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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