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UHP Assists BIA Officer With A Traffic Stop With A Man With Several Warrants

Posted by Travis Uresk | June 1st, 2023 | Drugs & Warrants |

By Travis Uresk


Uintah, Co.-On 5/28/23, at around 6:30 pm, Trooper Shaw was dispatched to assist a BIA Officer with a black Chevrolet truck pulled over. The driver and front passenger both had active warrants (both unknown).

When Trooper Shaw arrived, BIA Officer Foster had pulled the lifted truck over for not having mud flaps, no fender flares, and the windows was too dark and lane travel.

Officer Foster handed over the driver’s license of the driver and front passenger to Trooper Shaw to run a records check. They both had active warrants. The Trooper had the driver exit the vehicle and placed him under arrest for the warrant.

Trooper Shaw spoke to the rear passenger and had him exit the truck and saw a roll of tin foil under the seat and a couple of makeshift pipes to smoke illegal drugs under the seat.

The male gave the Trooper a name and birth date of an individual that the Trooper had previous encounters with. The Trooper knew this was not the person he said he was.

Trooper Shaw informed the male he knew it was not him due to previous encounters. The male stated he didn't know his social security number and had no other ID with him. Shaw gave the male several chances to tell him who he really was and asked if he would allow him to fingerprint him to identify him, and the male denied.

Trooper Shaw informed the male he was under arrest for giving him false information and grabbed his hand to put him in handcuffs. The male stated he would tell the Trooper his name if he didn't charge him for it. Trooper Shaw didn't agree because he was going to find out anyway.

The male gave the Trooper his name and birth date, and a records check showed he had five active warrants. He was placed under arrest and then escorted to the patrol car. The male was identified as 45-year-old Andrew Christopher Valdez.

Trooper Shaw went back and spoke with the female passenger, who had one active warrant, and asked her if there was anything illegal inside the truck that he should know about, and she said, "There shouldn't be."

A search of the vehicle turned up a clear glass pipe with a burnt white substance to smoke methamphetamine under the rear passenger seat. There were several makeshift pipes from pen casings under the rear passenger seat and tin foil with burnt black tar substance in the storage pocket behind the passenger seat. The Trooper also found a piece of tin foil with a burnt black tar substance consistent with heroin underneath the front passenger seat.

The front passenger was released with a citation, and the driver and rear passenger were booked into the Uintah County Jail for the warrants.


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