Methamphetamine, weed seized during Moab traffic stop
Suspended license leads to impound, search of vehicle
by Greg Knight
The Times-Independent
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A Moab couple wound up behind bars Saturday, Jan. 6 after a routine traffic stop led Moab Police Department officers to discover methamphetamine residue in a syringe, a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

The duo of Daniel Ray Little and Jade Ann Armstrong were taken into custody after a search of the vehicle they were in netted the drugs and paraphernalia, according to a MPD report. Officers stopped the two after the vehicle’s registration came back as revoked. Officers then made contact with the driver, who identified himself as Little, and the female identified herself as Armstrong.

“Little advised that he did not have a driver license but that he had previously held a license out of the state of Colorado,” states an MPD report. “[Officers] returned to the patrol vehicle where Little’s information was processed through dispatch. The return on Little’s license showed that Little’s license was suspended.”

After informing Little that the vehicle would be impounded, officers reported asking him if anything in the vehicle belonged to him. Officers advised Little he could collect a bag in the vehicle, but that they needed to verify there were no weapons in the bag.

“At that time Little’s demeanor changed and he stated that he would just leave the bag in the vehicle,” the report states. “[Officers] then told Little that as part of the inventory [they] would be documenting all items in the vehicle. Little stated that he wasn’t sure he was okay with me going through the vehicle since it did not belong to him. [An officer] advised Little that this was not something in his control.”

Little was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license and allowed to leave the scene due to there being no reasonable suspicion for further detention at that time. According to MPD, Little and Armstrong walked to a nearby apartment but returned after discovering that Little had locked the vehicle with the keys inside.

After the arrival of a tow company to unlock the vehicle, MPD officers searched the vehicle during the inventory process and reported discovering a used syringe, two bags of marijuana, a glass pipe and rolling papers. The syringe tested positive for methamphetamine. According to officers, the bag in which the drugs and paraphernalia were discovered also contained Little ‘s identification card and a passport belonging to Armstrong.

Both Little and Armstrong were placed in handcuffs and detained, with Armstrong reportedly telling officers she was on felony probation out of Colorado. Armstrong stated that nothing in the bag was hers. Upon further questioning, however, she stated that she had used drugs earlier in the day.

Little was booked into the Grand County Jail on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. His bond was set at $4,120. Armstrong was booked into jail with a no-bail hold on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

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