Day sentenced to prison in crystal meth case
May face additional time for Dec. 7 crash that yielded drugs
by Greg Knight
The Times-Independent
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Edward I. Day will spend up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to drug possession and evidence tampering charges in Moab’s Seventh District Court.
Photo courtesy Grand County Sheriff’s Office
Edward I. Day will spend up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to drug possession and evidence tampering charges in Moab’s Seventh District Court. Photo courtesy Grand County Sheriff’s Office
A Moab man will spend up to five years in a Utah prison after Seventh District Court Judge Lyle Anderson sentenced him Tuesday, Dec. 19 on drug charges stemming from a traffic stop in March.

Edward Irvin Day pleaded guilty in October to a third-degree felony count of possession or use of a controlled substance. Day was originally charged with a first-degree felony charge of possession, as well as a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence, a misdemeanor charge of possession or use of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers discovered six grams of crystal methamphetamine, nearly $1,000 in cash, a scale, marijuana and several butane lighters during their search of Day and the vehicle. Day’s legal troubles aren’t over yet, however. He is alleged by Moab Police Department to have been the driver in a rollover accident Dec. 7 that sent both him and a passenger, Carrol Brown, to Moab Regional Hospital with significant injuries. While responding to the crash, officers from Moab and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) searched the vehicle and discovered a large amount of methamphetamine, as well as marijuana residue and drug paraphernalia.

According to Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald, his office filed the new charges against Day and Brown, including two felony counts of possession of a dangerous drug with intent to distribute, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If convicted of the new charges, Day and Brown could face a sentence of five-years-to-life in prison.

Day was previously convicted in 2012 of a single second-degree felony charge of distribution of a controlled substance in Seventh District Court. He was given a suspended sentence of up to 15 years in the Utah State Prison, though he successfully completed probation in that case in 2016, according to the district court clerk’s office.

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