ST. GEORGE — A St. George man, Ivins woman and Colorado City, Arizona, man were arrested Friday in Mesquite, Nevada, on crystal meth-related charges. The woman and one of the men have been previously arrested on similar charges.
While on routine patrol early Friday morning, an officer observed a man at the Virgin River Casino who had an active warrant for his arrest, according to a statement issued by the Mesquite Police Department Monday.
Officers spoke with the man, identified as 59-year-old John Sutton, of St. George, police said. In the process of taking him into custody for his warrant, police allegedly located a “large amount” of crystal methamphetamine hidden in Sutton’s shoe.
A short time later, another officer located the vehicle Sutton had previously arrived at the casino in and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for an equipment violation.
Officers spoke with the two occupants inside the vehicle, identified as Jodi Moss, 46, of Ivins, and Timothy Barlow, 32, of Colorado City, according to the statement.
Officers deployed a drug sniffing dog around the outside of the vehicle. The police dog allegedly alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside.
“The Officers then checked inside the vehicle and found multiple bags of crystal meth and multiple glass pipes used for smoking meth,” police stated.
Sutton, Moss and Barlow were each arrested.
Sutton was charged with one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia (meth pipe).
Sutton was also taken into custody and booked on an active warrant for his arrest out of the Mesquite Municipal Court.
Moss was charged with one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia (meth pipe).
Barlow was charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia (meth pipe).
Due to the felony charges, Sutton and Moss were both transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to court records, Sutton and Moss have a history of drug-related arrests. Both were arrested April 14 on multiple felony charges for allegedly dealing crystal meth from their home.
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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