Drug dealing operation found; 10 Southern Utahns arrested in Mesquite

ST. GEORGE — Police arrested 10 Southern Utahns and a Mesquite, Nevada, resident Thursday for their alleged involvement in a drug dealing operation at a Mesquite hotel.

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner was traveling on Mesquite Boulevard at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday when he observed the driver of a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and moving recklessly through other traffic, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Mesquite Police Department.

Kristofer Larson, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News
Kristofer Larson, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Tanner conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and found that the driver – identified as 31-year-old Kristofer Larson, of St. George – and his passenger – identified as 27-year-old Ali Kidd, of Washington City – each had an active warrant for their arrest, according to the statement.

During the process of taking Larson and Kidd into custody, officers discovered crystal meth, marijuana and prescription painkillers inside their vehicle, in addition to other unspecified items that police said led them to believe the two were part of a drug dealing operation possibly occurring at a Mesquite hotel.

“Mesquite officers and detectives were then able to make contact with multiple suspects inside a hotel room and observed more illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia,” police said. “While investigating the suspects and drugs inside the room, officers learned of a separate room where the drug dealing operation was occurring and were able to secure a search warrant for that room.”

Ali Kidd, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News
Ali Kidd, of Washington, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Police executed the search warrant on the hotel room and found a female suspect in possession of “multiple bags of meth and heroin which were setup and ready to distribute,” police said.

“In all, Chief Tanner’s traffic stop and the subsequent drug investigation led to 11 suspects being taken into custody, and a large amount of meth and heroin removed from Mesquite City streets,” according to the statement.

Larson was arrested on an active warrant issued by the Mesquite Municipal Court. He was also issued a citation for speeding.

Kidd was arrested and charged with three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance including methamphetamine, marijuana and a schedule II controlled substance; along with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Kidd also had an active felony warrant for her arrest issued by the Las Vegas Justice Court.

Andrew Guerrero, of Virgin, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News
Andrew Guerrero, of Virgin, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Andrew Guerrero, 39, of Virgin, was arrested and charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance including heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills; two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; one misdemeanor count of unlawful trespass; and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer.

Ashley Garcia, 31, of LaVerkin, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance including heroin, methamphetamine; one felony count of sales of a controlled substance; two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance including meth & heroin; and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Michael McAlister, 33, of St. George, was arrested and charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance including heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills; and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ashley Garcia, of LaVerkin, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News
Ashley Garcia, of LaVerkin, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 27, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Brenna Everett, 31, of St. George, was arrested and charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance including heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills; and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monique Salas, 38, of St. George, was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of unlawful trespass.

William Davis, 31, of Washington City, was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer.

Brandon Rider, 22, of Ivins, was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of obstructing a public officer.

Megan Hammon, 18, of Cedar City, was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vladimir Boss, 28, of Mesquite, was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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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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34 Comments

  • ladybugavenger November 2, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Nice job! All of these people need help! Look at them, they are outside their mind. Heroin and meth are awful drugs, destroys people’s souls may the have the will and strength to get off the dope!

    • Bob November 2, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      there comes a time when the best thing for an addict/dealer is prison. u know this first hand

      • ladybugavenger November 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

        Yes sir!

        • ladybugavenger November 2, 2016 at 9:08 pm

          Sometimes the best help is prison

      • ladybugavenger November 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        I’m sure that at least one of them have been arrested before….lock em up! They are not just users, they are dealers….I say 10 years is a fair sentence in prison for repeat offenders.

    • .... November 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Amen to that Ladybug.

  • Bob November 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    thats quite a collection of scumbags they got there. meth dealers need to be locked up for a looooooonnng time. too bad we cant give them a good beat down in place of a taxpayer funded vacation

    • ladybugavenger November 2, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Now now Beat Down Bob, don’t promote violence lol…..

      Trump for President!
      Go Raiders!

      • .... November 2, 2016 at 10:52 pm

        Wooooohooooooo them Raiders are on a roll !

    • ladybugavenger November 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Of course, If they sold to your kids you won’t be able to do anything else but want to give them a beat down. Too bad there isn’t a law allowing that!

  • mmsandie November 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    What a motley crew, lock them, throw away the key.. What hotel?? Want to make sure I don,t stay there.. It warns others drug people not to speed…

  • nicholas42 November 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I guess People from ST. Cheesy like to go only 45 mins from home to go to a known hotel to sale there soul drugs to support their high and to stay from not getting dope sick and when they get enough money they call up The prices to go get more in LV and go back to mesquite too do the same thing over and hope they can make it through another day so they can do it over and over until they get caught or OD straight insanity! What’s crazy people from here think they can do there lil hustle Down south and they won’t get hit. And because STG to them isn’t safe but when you got a bunch of STG Finest down in a Hotel thinking they have God mode on they are Gucci

  • Brian November 3, 2016 at 5:34 am

    To all the “legalize drugs” people, do ANY of these people look healthy OR happy in any way?

    • Lastdays November 3, 2016 at 7:29 am

      I’ve noticed that almost 100% of the people on bookings photos are very unhealthy and obviously disgusted with the life they have.
      I would say all of them would like to change and experience some other lifestyle than the one they are caught up in.
      Addicts have many hurdles to overcome to get clean and stay clean. Its very difficult to get past the shame and guilt of their past.
      But probably the biggest hurdle to overcome is being crucified by all of the perfect people who have judged them with their comments.
      Will it ever be ok in the eyes of the “do-gooders” for one, or all, of these folks arrested to get clean and move into a healthy productive life ?
      They messed up. They need to suffer consequences. But they also need to be given the opportunity to be successful in life too.

      • ladybugavenger November 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

        Unfortunately, with addiction comes many other disgraceful deeds.. lying, cheating, stealing, robbery, burglary, identity theft, credit card fraud and up to murder…and an endless battle..drug addiction is only a symptom of a deeper problem. They would have to have a change of heart. Rehabilitation does not work for everyone. Sometimes prison doesnt work either (drugs are in prison too) but that doesnt mean they shouldnt serve time. When is enough, enough?

        • Bob November 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

          i saw an article recently from san diego. it said 45% of people arrested in that city tested pos for meth in their system. gov’t and ‘war on drugs’ has absolutely failed us. And thanks to open border with mexico the meth supply is unlimited

      • Brian November 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

        Go look at the bookings right now: https://news.washeriff.net/divisions/corrections-division/bookings/

        The people fall into 3 main categories:

        1. People that look relatively healthy, but got arrested for some altercation, theft, etc. (Crime, violence, etc)
        2. People that are drunk, but their skin isn’t rotting away. (Alcohol)
        3. People who are hollowed out, have no life in their eyes, their skin is getting eaten away or is pitted, open wounds, etc. (Drugs, leading to crime, violence, etc)

        Drugs have BY FAR the worst outcome, the highest consequences, and the least chance of recovering to becoming productive citizens.

        I agree people in all three categories need compassion and a helping hand (not a hand out). But legalizing drugs isn’t compassion OR a helping hand, it’s looking the other way or burying your head in the sand.

        • ladybugavenger November 3, 2016 at 2:55 pm

          Legalize marijuana and get rid of oxycotin and oxycodone and all the oxy’s

          • ladybugavenger November 3, 2016 at 4:23 pm

            oxybob….lol just playing

          • .... November 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

            oxybob. that’s some funny stuff right there ha ha ha !

    • .... November 3, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Good question ! Take a look at Bob !

  • Bryant November 3, 2016 at 7:29 am

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ypsJrRwlspo

    For any of the above commenters that are willing to take 15 minutes to get a little education on the pathology of addiction .

    • Bob November 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      a quick look at ur vid makes me think that guy has never actually met an addict. Ur not gonna “love” the addiction out of most addicts. sure, isolation can be part of it, but there’s a lot more to it

      • Bob November 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm

        like this motley crew in the photos, them being around each other, well… ya know

      • Bob November 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

        its a drug crew and their “love” for each other is what’s keeping them the way they are. Some people are just naturally scum bags, can’t be rehabilitated, and belong in a cage–this probly applies to at least some of this drug crew here.

        • ladybugavenger November 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

          If any of them were honest they would tell you that they lied, stole, hurt people, committed fraud, manipulated, and all other misdeeds before they ever touched a drug. #truth

        • .... November 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

          You mean like the love between you and Real Life. LOL !

  • knobe November 3, 2016 at 7:44 am

    The crack head , walking dead . . . zombie look . . .
    I wonder how long one has to be totally OFF it to return to normal brain function ?

    • .... November 3, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Take a look at RealLowlife that will tell you what you need to know ! …ha ha got you first !

  • Ron November 3, 2016 at 9:42 am

    You can tell by the severe acne, which are most likely tweekers (meth users).
    Notice none of them smile to show “meth mouth”.
    Heroine use also causes many visible physical defects as well.
    ladybugavenger, they really need more than just help, which would more than likely come from the community.
    They need to be imprisoned, there they will get the professional help they need.

    • ladybugavenger November 3, 2016 at 11:08 am

      I’m all for getting them off the streets and locked up! I can only imagine what they have done and didn’t get caught for. It’s all bad.

  • sagemoon November 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Dang tweekers and junkies.

  • Real Life November 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Dumpsters pals no doubt.

    • .... November 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Awww poor little lowlife got his feelings hurt. !

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