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Twice, A Vehicle Was Stopped For Non-Working Tail Lights. Police Find Drug Paraphernalia And Fentanyl


| Roosevelt, Ut. | June 15th, 2024 |

At around 12:00 am, a vehicle was traveling westbound on Highway 40 near 2000 West when Deputy Cox noticed the vehicle had no working rear tail lights. He turned around and initiated a traffic stop.

When Deputy Cox approached the vehicle, he recognized the driver as 31-year-old Joseph Allen Keel.

The deputy observed that his eyes were red and glossy and asked him about recent drug use. Joseph stated he was arrested two days ago for possession of meth but hasn't used anything since his release.

During this time, Deputy Cox asked a certified K9 officer to come to the stop and then had dispatch check Joseph's driver's license, which returned a suspended status.

An officer with the Roosevelt Police Department deployed his K9 on the vehicle, however, it appeared that Joseph's dog was causing interference. The K9 officer stated that his K9 alerted to the vehicle but would not give a final indication.

Joseph was asked to exit the vehicle, and he became more nervous. Deputy Cox asked Joseph if there was anything in the vehicle he should know about. Joseph said not that he knew of it. However, there may be "Foils" on the floorboard. Foils or tin foil that are common paraphernalia items used for smoking opiates.

Joseph exited the vehicle, and the deputy asked if he could get the foils that were on the floorboard. He gave consent, and Deputy Cox went to the passenger side of the vehicle and immediately located several pieces of tin foil with a burnt black residue common with the use of Fentanyl.

Deputy Cox also located other pieces of tin foil with a residue consistent with the same drug use and burnt marks from using the drug. On the floorboard, he also found a used hypodermic syringe needle.

On the passenger seat, was a bag. In the bag were multiple melted plastic pen pieces commonly known as "Tooters". Inside one of the tooters was a white/brown substance. The deputy conducted a roadside NIK test on this substance which indicated a presumptive positive for Fentanyl. The other tooters also had a light brown or burnt residue.

Deputy Cox asked Joseph if he had someone who could pick up his vehicle and his animal.

While speaking with Joseph, he claimed that the vehicle's items were left by the previous officer who searched his vehicle two days prior. The deputy read through that report which indicated that officer searched the same area. Deputy Cox told Joseph that he didn’t believe that an officer would have left this amount of items in the vehicle. In addition to this, Joseph has the knowledge that the items were there.

Joseph's vehicle and animal were picked up, and Joseph was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance-fentanyl, drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license. Joseph received a medical clearance for opiate abuse and was booked into the Duchesne County Jail.

| Roosevelt, Ut. | June 17th, 2024 |

A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle because of a broken taillight on the driver's side. 31-year-old Joseph Allen Keel was identified as the passenger, and he offered his driver's license.

The unknown driver was driving on a suspended license, so the vehicle was impounded. Joseph stated that he was living out of this vehicle. During the impound inventory, pieces of foil with traces consistent with Fentanyl were found underneath his seat in the vehicle.

Joseph stated that it was most likely Fentanyl. Joseph Keel was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Joseph was advised of his rights, after which he stated that he and the driver had used Fentanyl earlier with modified pen tubes called "tooters" with foil that was found.

Joseph was transported to the hospital to be medically cleared prior to being transported to the Duchesne County Jail without incident.

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