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A simple traffic stop leads to a K9 finding multiple drugs and paraphernalia inside a vehicle

By Travis Uresk


Roosevelt, Ut.- On 8/15/23, at 1:00 am Officer Christensen was patrolling on State Street when a vehicle in front of him had no license plate light. The Officer initiated a traffic stop, and the vehicle pulled over at about 250 South State Street.

The Officer walked up to the vehicle on the passenger side and explained the reason for the traffic stop. The driver stated he knew the light didn't work and he forgot to get it fixed.

While Officer Christensen was verifying the driver's license and the vehicle's registration, the driver was identified as 35-year-old Rhyddian Gerken.

Cpl. Harrison had his K9 do a free-air sniff around the vehicle, and the K9 showed a positive indication of narcotics on the driver's side.

Christensen walked up to the driver's side and asked Rhyddian if there was anything inside the vehicle he should know about. Rhyddian stated that there was, and it was in the cigarette case and his backpack. He said there was also Fentanyl inside the center console.

During the search of the vehicle, the Officers were able to recover two small scales, a bag of smaller-sized baggies, six syringes (1 syringe had a clear liquid and another had a dark-colored liquid), tin foil with burnt residue, three glass pipes, four tooters, a bag with a crystal-like substance in it, and a smaller baggie with three blue pills.

According to the pill finder, the blue pills were Dicyclomine Hydrochloride, a prescription only.

Rhyddian was placed under arrest, transported to the UBMC for medical clearance, and cleared. He was then transported to the Duchesne County Jail.


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