HURRICANE – Eric Johnson, of Toquerville, and Natalie Granger, of Hurricane, were arrested late Tuesday night after an employee of a gas station where the two had been, found syringes in the bathroom where they had spent a “substantial amount of time.”
According to a probable cause statement filed by Hurricane City Police Officer Kacen Gubler, Gubler responded to a report from a local gas station employee, who said that Johnson and Granger had been in the store, had went into the bathroom for a long time, and left with red needle marks in their arms.
Gubler went looking for Johnson and Granger based off of the description of the gas station attendant, and he found them as they were walking in front of Hurricane High School.
“I observed two syringes in Eric’s left hand,” Gubler wrote in the probable cause statement. “I told Eric to drop the syringes.”
The syringes, which contained a brown tinted liquid inside of them, were collected as evidence. The syringes were tested and came back positive for heroin.
Johnson also had three candy bars in his other hand that he claimed to have paid for at the gas station.
According to the probable cause statement, Johnson told Gubler that he may have dropped one of his syringes at the gas station and that he uses the syringes to take his prescription medication.
Gubler also located a protective order served against Granger, prohibiting her from having contact with Johnson.
Granger admitted that she and Johnson had gone into the gas station bathroom and while in the bathroom, she performed sexual acts on Johnson while he used drugs, the probable cause statement said. Gubler searched Granger and asked her if she had any drugs or syringes on her; she said she did not.
Johnson then admitted that he and Granger both went into the bathroom, used heroin and engaged in sexual acts, according to the probable cause statement.
Granger also told Gubler that the candy bars in Johnson’s hand were stolen.
Both were arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. At the facility a female corrections officer performed a search of Granger and located a syringe with heroin in it in Granger’s vaginal region.
Granger was charged with drug possession, a second-degree felony; jail-inmate possession of contraband; possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and protective order violation, a class A misdemeanor.
On Wednesday, the Washington County Attorney’s Office filed charges on all counts except jail-inmate possession of contraband. According to Washington County Sheriff’s bookings, Granger’s bail stands at $13,886 and she is still in custody as this report is published.
Johnson was charged with drug possession, a second-degree felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and retail theft, a class B misdemeanor. At the time of this report, according to the Washington County booking information, Johnson has been released on $12,526 bond.
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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