KANAB — Police have arrested an Arizona man accused of distributing large amounts of drugs in southern Utah, including fentanyl.
Dudley Alexander Delakowitz, 27, of Glendale, Arizona, has been on the Kane County Drug Task Force's radar for about a year, police say. On Tuesday, he was booked into the Kane County Jail for investigation of six counts of drug distribution, drug possession in a correctional facility, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The task force learned that "Dudley Delakowitz has been illegally distributing fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin in Kane County" and surrounding communities in southern Utah, according to a police booking affidavit.
Investigators used several confidential informants to purchase drugs from Delakowitz, the affidavit states. Then on Tuesday, police learned that he was back in Kanab. A Kanab police officer made a traffic stop on Delakowitz and waited for task force members to arrive.
Officers said they discovered that Delakowitz was carrying 193 fentanyl pills and he was arrested. When he was taken to jail and searched, another pill was allegedly found in his sock.
Later that evening, when officers at the jail went to get fingerprints from Delakowitz, they discovered a bag of meth that he had hidden in his body and had taken out in his cell, the affidavit states. When the officers tried to get Delakowitz to move off his bunk, he asked if he could take a blanket with him because he claimed he was cold.
"As I reached for the blanket that he had around him, he started to tense up and had a death grip on it. As I was holding onto the blanket, I saw the corner of the baggy in his hand," police wrote in the affidavit.
After that incident, police plan to ask prosecutors to also consider filing charges of obstruction of justice and drug possession in a correctional facility.
The sheriff's office has requested that Delakowitz be held without bail, noting "his lack of concern for human life," particularly because of his continued distribution of fentanyl.
"The amount of fentanyl found on Dudley … should be very alarming," the affidavit notes.
Kane County Sheriff Tracy Glover called the drug bust significant, saying Kane County has seen a "major uptick" in fentanyl use, which is consistent with statistics statewide.
"We're happy to make a drug bust like this. We're hoping it makes a difference," he said. "(Fentanyl) is something we can't tolerate. It's super dangerous."