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Car accident leads to drug, counterfeit money discovery

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Jun 23rd, 2012 @ 3:16pm



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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A car accident Saturday led to a drug bust in Cottonwood Heights.

Police responded to reports shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday of a vehicle that had crashed into a tree at 6642 S. 2300 East. Upon arrival, they found Sha Folkes, 23, passed out behind the steering wheel of the car, with the car in reverse. Folkes was wearing a seatbelt, according to police.

"They tried to arouse the driver, and when she wouldn't awaken, they broke the window," said Gary Young of the Cottonwood Heights Police Department.

Young said Folkes tried to drive away upon awakening, but officers were able to turn the car off. Upon beginning a field test, officers noticed a drug paraphernalia in the car, as well as large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and spice. Counterfeit money was also present in the car.

The amounts of drugs present were significant enough that Folkes will be charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, as well as a DUI, vehicle burglary and assault. She was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

"I guess the moral of the story was, if you're going to be a drug dealer, don't drive drunk," Young said. "And if you do, make sure your drug stash is not in the car."

Young said it was fortunate that no one got hurt and that officers were able to get some controlled substances off the street.

Contributing: Roger Cary

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Stephanie Grimes

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