Man says gallon bag of drugs in underwear came from bus stop

ST. GEORGE — A transient man was arrested Wednesday on first-degree felony drug distribution charges after pulling a gallon sized bag containing a variety of drugs from his underwear, drugs he said he found 15 minutes earlier at a bus stop.

When officers spotted Jordan Brookes Hosman in the area of 450 E. 700 South in St. George, they were able to interview him about a residential burglary they had been wanting to question him about, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Jud Callaway in support of the arrest.

Jordan Brookes Hosman, transient, St. George, Utah, booking photo posted May 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Jordan Brookes Hosman, transient, St. George, Utah, booking photo posted May 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

While Hosman was filling out a statement about the burglary case, officers reportedly smelled what they suspected to be marijuana, the statement said.

“I informed (Hosman) of what I smelled and asked him if he had any marijuana on him, which he said no,” Callaway wrote in the statement. “(Hosman) consented to my request to search his backpack.”

During a search of Hosman’s bag, officers located a scale, several small clear plastic baggies and a small plastic tube that appeared to have methamphetamine residue inside, according to the statement.

“He later made statements that he was given the items and he planned on selling them to make money,” Callaway wrote. “He was aware the items were previously used for meth.”

When officers asked Hosman if he had anything else on him, he told them he did in his underwear. Hosman then pulled out a large gallon sized bag which contained various drug items, including a clear plastic sandwiched sized bag of marijuana. A second bag had smaller baggies inside, containing marijuana, methamphetamine and multiple pills identified as acetaminophen/oxycodone 325 mg.

“(Hosman) said he did not have a prescription for the pills and he said they were not his,” Callaway wrote in the statement. “(Hosman) claimed that he found the items that were located in his pants at the bus stop 15 minutes prior.”

Hosman was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Hosman was charged with a first-degree felony for drug distribution with the intent to distribute, a second-degree felony for drug possession with the intent to distribute, a third-degree felony for drug possession, and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hosman’s drug charges were enhanced because he was located within a drug-free zone – within 1,000 feet of Dixie High school.

Judge Jeffrey Wilcox, of the 5th District Court, ordered $51,950 bail for Hosman’s release pending trial.

Hosman was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Thursday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Jay Winward. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on May 11.

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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