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A traffic stop leads to a woman possessing drugs

By Travis Uresk


Fruitland, Ut.- On 6/4/23, Deputy Cox saw a vehicle entering US-40 from 45000 West and ran the register number, which returned no insurance found. Cox initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle to request proof of insurance.

During the traffic stop, Deputy Cox could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana. The driver provided proof of insurance, and Cox asked about the odor of marijuana. Cox was told there was no marijuana inside the vehicle.

However, the driver uses marijuana and has a medical card. He didn't have his card, and dispatch advised that his medical card expired. There were two other people inside the vehicle. The front passenger was identified as 62-year-old Rachel Coulson.

Deputy Cox had all the occupants exit the vehicle and told them that he would be searching due to the smell of burnt marijuana.

Cox located marijuana roaches and flakes inside the ashtray. In the rear of the vehicle was a purse that Rachel said was hers, was another small purse was a used syringe. Also, there was tinfoil with a white fried rock substance. A NIK test indicated and tested positive for amphetamines.

Rachel stated that she didn’t know what the substance was and that she had picked it up off the shower floor.

Rachel was arrested and placed in the patrol vehicle.

The driver was issued a citation for marijuana possession.

Rachel was booked into the Duchesne County Jail for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

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