Posted by Travis Uresk | May 21st, 2023 | Warrant & Drugs |
By Travis Uresk
Roosevelt, Ut.-On 5/12/23, Cpl. Barton was dispatched to keep the peace regarding 23-year-old Amber Lee Hopes getting property from her husband's house in Roosevelt.
After speaking with Amber, she said she would need to do this on the 13th.
Later around 6:00 pm, Amber said she was at the Roosevelt Police Department to get her belongings. Cpl. Barton ran Amber's information and found she had a state-wide warrant out for her arrest. It was confirmed that the warrant was active, and the Officer contacted Amber at the police department.
Cpl. Barton told Amber she had a warrant, and she began to get upset and said, "She paid it off."
He had Amber go into the police station and Cpl. Barton showed her the warrant. Amber asked if someone could come and get her friend's car. The Corporal was aware of the friend she spoke about and the drug history and asked Amber if anything was illegal inside the car.
Amber hesitated and said, "Some things in the car are not hers, and there shouldn't be."
Officer Christensen took Amber outside to the car with Cpl. Barton, with a state-certified narcotic detection K9 named Kris. Cpl. Barton had Kris do a free-air sniff around the car. During the second pass around the car, Kris began sniffing the driver-side door seams intensely and sniffing higher up toward the window and door seam, and showed a positive indication for the second time.
The vehicle was searched, and a container with THC wax was inside a bag. Officer Christensen located a safe that was locked in the back with Amber's belongings. They asked Amber about the safe and a key, and she said, "She didn't know about the safe, and it was not hers, and she didn't have a key."
Inside Amber’s backpack was a key to the safe, and the Officers opened it and located THC wax, a marijuana pipe, a meth pipe with a testable amount of meth, Oxycodone pills, and drug paraphernalia.
Amber was interviewed and advised of her Miranda Rights, which she understood. She stated that she knew of the safe and was pretty sure drugs were inside the safe, but they did not belong to her.
Cpl. Barton took possession of the illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia and transported Amber to the Duchesne County Jail.