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ST. GEORGE – The amount of evidence gathered at a traffic stop on Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday sent a man to jail facing 30 charges – many of which were felonies – for crimes allegedly committed while the suspect was out on bail for charges. similar crimes.
A patrol officer monitoring traffic on Sunset Boulevard noticed a vehicle entering and exiting its lane as it headed south on Westridge Drive as it approached the Sunset intersection shortly after 7:40 p.m., according to the report. probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest.
The officer started following the vehicle as it continued to deviate between the lanes, then crossed onto Sunset Boulevard, which was when he parked behind the car and performed a road check near the gas station around the corner.
The driver got out of the car as the officer approached and was identified as Arturo Arellano, 31, by his driver’s license.
While talking to the driver, the officer was able to see a glass pipe containing a burnt crystalline substance near the gear lever, which Arellano said was a meth pipe, according to the report.
As the driver emptied his pockets, the officer noticed that he was attempting to conceal a piece of aluminum foil with burn marks and covered with a dark film of suspected heroin.
The driver also appeared to be lethargic, the report said, with slow speech and movements, and the suspect’s eyes appeared watery and bloodshot with narrowed pupils. This led the officer to suspect that the driver might be impaired and asked him to perform a field field sobriety test. Prior to the test, the driver reportedly admitted to having recently used methamphetamine.
The report says the driver was placed under arrest for suspected drunk driving after several drills failed during the test.
During a search of the vehicle before impoundment, the officer recovered the glass pipe and found two small plastic bags containing suspected methamphetamine in the suspect’s wallet, according to the report.
Under the driver’s seat, the officer found a BB pistol molded and stamped as a “Glock 9mm” handgun, the officer noted, which fired a projectile that could cause serious injury.
As the search continued, the officer recovered four credit cards belonging to other people, as well as 21 personal, business and payroll checks, each with the name of a different person. A labeller was also found which appeared to have been used to replace names on checks.
The suspect told police he was not allowed to own any of the credit cards, and when one of the names on the card was passed through the system it came back as stolen and the owner also reported fraudulent activity on the card.
The driver denied being involved in the checks found in the car, which the officer discovered after further inspection that each of the checks appeared to have been tampered with and the names had either been deleted or obscured, allegedly in the driver’s seat. using the label maker, then replaced. with the suspect’s name or his girlfriend’s name.
Police said 10 of the checks were also signed on the back by the suspect and his girlfriend and appeared to have been approved to make a mobile deposit to Arellano’s bank account.
Detectives were also dispatched to the scene to help identify who the other checks belonged to and were also tasked with collecting a large amount of mail found inside the car – none of which was addressed to the suspect.
During a background check, the officer discovered that Arellano was a “multi-state offender with a long criminal history”, with multiple convictions for drug, credit card and mail theft, as well as cases of counterfeiting and possession of burglary tools and false documents, the officer noted in the report.
“Arturo has shown a tendency to commit these types of offenses and has left a long trail of victims in his wake,” the officer wrote, adding that if the suspect is released he “will continue to victimize our community and there is will have more victims who suffer financially from the crimes it commits.
Arturo also told the officer that he was recently released from prison and was currently on bail when the traffic shutdown took place. With this information, the officer noted that there was more than enough evidence to support the fact that Arellano continues to commit crimes while on bail.
One of those arrests took place in St. George after police found the suspect and linked him to a mail theft operation in 2019, according to probable cause claims.
Arellano was arrested and transported to the correctional facility in Purgatory facing 30 counts, 27 of which were felonies – including 10 counts of counterfeiting, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, five counts of illegal acquisition of ” a financial card, 10 counts of possession of a counterfeit device and one count of possession of identification documents of others.
He also faces one count of impaired driving, illegal possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of paraphernalia, each a misdemeanor.
Ed. Note: A new Utah law generally prohibits the posting of arrest reservation photos until a conviction is obtained.
This report is based on statements from court records, the police or other stakeholders and may not contain all of the findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or as otherwise decided by a trier of fact.
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