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ST. GEORGE — More than $610,000 in narcotics were seized during a traffic stop in Iron County early Friday morning that landed two suspects in jail – including the passenger who was out on bail on another drug distribution case filed one week prior in Salt Lake City.
On Friday, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped near mile marker 63 observing traffic noticed a white passenger car traveling north with a missing registration sticker on the license plate. The plate was also obscured and did not show the state in which it was issued.
According to the probable cause statements filed in support of the arrests, the trooper followed the car for roughly 5 miles before conducting a traffic stop near mile marker 68 shortly after 4 a.m. As the officer approached the car, he noticed a radar detector mounted in the middle of the windshield.
While speaking to the driver, identified as 43-year-old Jay Neale Jensen, of Centerville, the trooper became suspicious and deployed a K-9 to conduct a free-air sniff around the car – during which the animal indicated to the possible presence of narcotics, according to the report.
The driver and his front-seat passenger, identified as 46-year-old Joshua Andrew Mize, were ordered out of the car and a search of the vehicle ensued.