Task force arrests 8 in Tuesday raid

Posted: 21st February 2013 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Washington City house has been targeted before

The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested eight individuals Tuesday night after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant to a known drug house in Washington City.

Stacey Jo Palmerson, 49, John Clark Palmerson, 36, and Darren John Oxford, 24, are residents of the home  at 221 West 100 North in Washington City and were among those arrested Tuesday night.

Also arrested were Amanda Rochelle Sowry, 32, Anthony Brandon Tullius, 34, Michael Anthony Auston, 40, and California residents John E. Martin, 41, and David Albert Perez, 23.

Tuesday night was not the first time the task force has served a search warrant to the home.

 

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Oxford
J. Palmerson

J. Palmerson
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S. Palmerson

 

St. George Police Department Capt. Kyle Whitehead said both the Palmersons and Oxford were served a search warrant on Dec. 17, 2012, for drug activity.

“Back in December we served the search warrant there because we had complaints that there were drug dealing events going on,” Whitehead said. “We were able to develop a case, get probable cause and get a search warrant at the time.”

In December, Stacey Jo Palmerson was charged with distributing methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of drugs and possession of paraphernalia, while Oxford was charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Stacey Jo Palmerson and Oxford bailed out of Purgatory Correctional Facility three days later.

“People have continued to complain about the behavior and the traffic to the house (since December), and it just hasn’t seemed to slow down,” Whitehead said. “So, of course, we went back out there and continued to watch and see what was going on. Sure enough, it looked like that was what was happening.”

Whitehead said the task force was able to develop probable cause to serve another search warrant that SWAT served late Tuesday night. The search warrant included not only the house, but also included a Ford Ranger and “all persons present,” according to the probable cause statement issued by task force members.

“Once the house was secure, the drug task force went in and did a complete search,” Whitehead said. “They ended up with about 1 ounce of marijuana, a little bit more than 2 ounces of meth, they seized cash and they also found a firearm. Subsequently, anybody that (officers) could tie any crimes to who were at the residence was booked on the appropriate charges.”

According to Whitehead, given the evidence found in conjunction with the quantity of meth, the task force determined meth was being distributed at the residence. The home is located within 1,000 feet of a preschool, which is considered a drug-free zone. As a result, charges for each individual were bumped up one class.

•  Stacey Jo Palmerson was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a forgery device and a revoked bond. Her bail was set at $58,700.

•  Oxford was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, forgery, theft by deception and possession of a forgery device. Oxford’s bail was set at $22,433.

•  John Clark Palmerson was charged with possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, and his bail was set at $6,850.

•  Perez was charged with possession of paraphernalia and possession of heroin. Perez’s bail was set at $11,943.

•  Sowry was arrested on charges of possession of paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Sowry’s bail was set at $11,943.

•  Auston was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice, possession of paraphernalia, possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and a warrant. Auston’s bail was set at $31,943.

•  Martin was charged with possession of paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Martin’s bail was set at $5,389 bail.

•  Tullius was charged with possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine. Tullius’s bail was set at $13,700.

All eight individuals were booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility.

 

 

 

 

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