ST. GEORGE — St. George Police arrested six people after they discovered counterfeit bills, a stolen gun, over two pounds of methamphetamine and other drugs in a camping trailer on Thursday evening at the Pilot Travel Center truck stop near the Interstate 15 exit in Bloomington.
Police made the arrests after a clerk at the gas station informed the police that one of the suspects, Can Whaley, 42, of Bellflower, Calif., had attempted to pass a counterfeit bill, according to a statement by St. George Police Officer Derek Lewis.
After obtaining and executing a search warrant to search the trailer, police discovered a stolen .9 mm pistol, over two pounds of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, hydrocodone pills (a prescription narcotic), counterfeit bills, and a printer that police believe was used to produce the counterfeit money, according to a probable cause statement filed Friday morning. The Washington County Drug Task Force assisted in the vehicle search.
Julie Shapero, of Paramount, Calif., Coleen Sanford, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and James Hayes, of Westminister, Calif., were all charged with possession of a stolen weapon, receiving stolen property, two misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession, and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance. According to the probable cause statement, the drug charges were enhanced because the arrests occurred near a neighboring LDS church on Brigham Road.
Monty Darrin, of Paramount, Calif., Felicia Montigo, of Bellflower, Calif., and Whaley all face the same charges, along with a felony charge of possession of a forgery device. Whaley faces an additional felony charge for his attempt to pass his forged bill at the Pilot Travel Center.
All six suspects were booked into the Purgatory Correctional Facility. Bail has been set at $50,000 each.
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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