A Utah Highway Patrol officer turned an ordinary traffic stop into a drug bust that netted 24 grams of methamphetamine Sunday near Marysvale in Piute County.
The trooper stopped an older Dodge pickup truck with a broken windshield about 1:40 p.m. Sunday, on U-89 near milepost 179, UHP Lt. Verdi White II said.During the conversation with the driver, the trooper became suspicious and asked permission to search the vehicle. The driver consented.
Upon searching the pickup, the trooper found a set of scales covered with residue from methamphetamines in the glove box and in the bed of the truck, several boxes of glassware and chemicals, commonly used in the production of the drug, White said.
The officer also found small plastic bags containing 24 grams of methamphetamine and a pipe used in the ingesting of the drug in the pockets of the driver's clothing, he said.
Raymond L. Jessop, 24, West Valley City, was booked into the Sevier County Jail for investigation of cultivation of a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, distribution of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.