Convicted drug dealer arrested with 4 types of drugs in Washington City

A stock image shows a substance that appears similar to heroin in hypodermic needles and pills | Photo by Moussa81/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A convicted drug dealer was arrested in Washington City last month with a “significant amount” of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and pills, police said.

Kevin Eugene Coop, 35, of St. George, booking photo, Oct. 25, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Kevin Eugene Coop, 35, of St. George, was pulled over for a traffic violation by police near Smith’s Marketplace in Washington City on Oct. 25, according to the probable cause statement. A Washington City Police officer spotted a glass marijuana pipe sitting in the center console cup holder, which prompted him to call an agent from the Washington County Drug Task Force.

When the officer from the task force arrived, the glass marijuana pipe was still in Coop’s cupholder, according to the probable cause statement. Coop was instructed to leave the pickup truck so officers could search the entire vehicle.

“(Officers) located a hard plastic case that contained a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, baggies and scales,” police said.

The plastic case had about three-quarters of an ounce of heroin in separate baggies, one ounce of meth and one ounce of marijuana, the responding task force officer estimated. Coop is also accused of having more of all three of the different types of drugs in his pockets when police searched his pants.

In a fanny pack Coop was wearing, police allegedly found between $3,000-$4,000 in cash.

Police officers also allegedly found phentermine hydrochloride pills and hypodermic syringes in the back of his pickup.

“Some of (the needles) were brand new and still in packaging, and others were loaded with clear and brown tar-like liquids suspected to be methamphetamine and heroin,” police said.

The total value of drugs allegedly found in Coop’s possession was about $1,100 in heroin, $450 in meth, $300 in marijuana and $300 in pills.

Coop was transported to the Purgatory Correctional Facility and charged with four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor for using or possessing drug paraphernalia.

Coop was arrested at about 11 p.m. According to jail records, Coop was released from custody less then two hours later shortly before 1 a.m. on Oct. 26 after signing a promise to appear in court. His bail was set at $60,680 and was posted Wednesday, according to court records.

In 2013, Coop was found guilty five times for possessing controlled substances, plus once for possessing drugs with intent to distribute and once for a DUI – all in the same year.

He also was found guilty for trying to sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a school in 2010 when he was pulled over in his vehicle by police officers for a traffic violation near an elementary school in St. George.

Coop has several more charges that stretch back to 2002 in St. George for possessing drugs, selling drugs, assault and theft.

Coop’s next court appearance for his most recent case will be Dec. 3.

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13 Comments

  • Carpe Diem November 8, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    $450 for an OZ of meth, that seems pretty low. Usually they calculate that out by gram, I dont know what it sells for but if $100 a gram then it’s 2800 and if only $50 then $1400. Hard to imagine we are so awash with meth the price is lower than that. Maybe that’s why the internet is full of meth mouth mug shots. That guy doesnt look too messed up tho… just maybe his customers?

    • Comment November 9, 2018 at 12:09 am

      Is it strange that I have no idea what the current price of meth is, or is it strange that you do? lol 😉

      • LunchboxHero November 9, 2018 at 7:57 am

        LOL Comment 🙂 Agreed! I was also thinking $450 is crazy expensive for an ounce of anything, much less for a mixture of toilet bowl cleaner and Sudafed that also happens to rot your teeth out.

      • Carpe Diem November 9, 2018 at 1:23 pm

        I don’t find it strange that you are ignorant of weights / measures and the relative potency of narcotics. It’s ok.

        • iceplant November 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

          The truly disturbing thing here is the fact that you feel the need to share the going street prices of meth with the rest of us. Guess what, genius? Nobody… NOBODY cares about that crap unless you’re dealing it, using it, or have some sick obsession with trash like that. Meth prices? Really?

          As a former addict with experience in these things, I can assure you, your “knowledge” isn’t impressing anyone. At all.

          • Carpe Diem November 9, 2018 at 7:07 pm

            Sorry for your addiction and hope you’ve cleared your nose. I was simply pointing out a problem with the math. As you know, it’s usually crazy high the other way. It’s tough to believe some of this when price, weights, indictments don’t add up. Perhaps you believe everything you read? Good for you.

          • iceplant November 10, 2018 at 6:20 am

            Perhaps I’m sick of reading nearly everything you type because you seem to have diarrhea of the mind.

  • LunchboxHero November 9, 2018 at 5:48 am

    A history of drug offenses dating back over 15 years? So he’s driving on the streets our children play on, perhaps even as we speak? Hmm… might I suggest we put him in a room with all the drugs he wants, and let nature do the rest?

  • Pa Triot November 9, 2018 at 7:25 am

    “Catch and Release” with bail and a promise to appear. With all his prior offenses, why will it stop a decade & a half ( as far as we know) of his drug dealing now? Just sayin’……..

  • Carpe Diem November 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    So… He bails out in two hours, dropping 6K in cash… I hope he has a bit more prison time this go around. With that record he sports, was he not at least on probation? How many of those convictions were felonies?

  • KR567 November 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Inflation….. even a drug user has to get a job

    • Carpe Diem November 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Yeah, I understand lots of them warm the cots in prison. They feed you but you have to deal with the other low lives who might need daily psych meds but are denied.

      OOOPS

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