A Canadian man is facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge after law enforcement officers discovered approximately 13 pounds of marijuana and other paraphernalia in a camper.
Evan Alexander Brown, 27, of Perth, Ontario, Canada, was arrested April 21 after Moab Police Department officers made contact with him near 300 South and 100 East in downtown.
According to a statement released by Moab Police Chief Jim Winder, an officer responding to a report of illegal camping found an unoccupied silver Volvo sedan and a small trailer parked at the location. The officer reportedly looked through a trailer window and observed in plain view a large vacuum-sealed bag containing what appeared to be marijuana.
“Two additional officers arrived to assist and viewed more evidence of marijuana possession in plain view inside the Volvo,” Winder said. “Officers maintained surveillance on the vehicles while preparing an affidavit for a search warrant. At approximately 1 a.m. ... a male was seen approaching the vehicle and opening a door on the trailer. Officers detained the subject [and he] was positively identified as the owner of both vehicles.”
Officers reported finding several baggies of marijuana on Brown’s person. The report also states that Brown admitted to “giving away” the marijuana while “out at the bar.”
After approval of the search warrant officers searched the Volvo and the camp trailer, ultimately locating approximately thirteen pounds of marijuana as well as paraphernalia, including a scale and plastic baggies of various sizes.
Brown was transported to the Grand County Jail where he was booked on charges including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia. Brown was released April 23 after posting a $5,000 bail.
According to Canada Ministry of the Attorney General’s Office spokesperson Brian Gray, his office conducted a case search on Brown for The Times-Independent. That records check revealed no pending or past criminal cases against Gray in Canada.
“Court staff have conducted a search of the court case tracking system using the information provided and have not located any criminal court matters related to this individual,” Gray told The Times-Independent.
Brown’s first appearance in court was April 24. Judge Lyle Anderson scheduled Brown’s preliminary hearing for June 19 at 1:30 p.m.