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    An informant for a federal law enforcement agency was arrested on felony drug charges and a host of misdemeanors on July 23.

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    The man, 42, was at a convenience store and gas station in the 2400 block of Spanish Trail Road filling the radiator of a vehicle that had a caved-in windshield, a missing rear window and no registration.

    The man allegedly provided a Grand County Sheriff’s deputy with false names, false social security numbers and ever-changing stories on how he came to be in Moab with a car so damaged it wasn’t street legal, according to court papers. He reportedly told the deputy the car was damaged when he and a friend hit a deer while driving in New Mexico.

    The man didn’t know the name of the local motel the friend was staying at or the friend’s name. The deputy asked for identification and the man said his driver’s license was among items that someone had stolen from the vehicle. The deputy said he was going to take him to jail until he could “figure out who he was.”

    It was then that the man told the deputy he was an informant for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a parolee. The man called an ATF agent, who confirmed the man’s actual identity and warned the deputy to use “caution because he is known to be violent, have weapons, and that he will flee if given a chance.”

    The deputy in court papers said the agent told him to arrest the man, but that he will need to be held in protective custody.”

    The deputy learned the man did not have a driver’s license because it was suspended in 1997 and never renewed. In fact, his application to renew was denied by the State of Utah. The license plate on the vehicle belonged to another vehicle.

    Also, deputies who arrived to back up the deputy due to the agent’s warning allegedly found methamphetamine and pipes used for smoking meth in the vehicle.

    A computer check revealed the man has been convicted of drug charges in the past, as well as providing false information to law enforcement and illegally transferring license plates.

    In addition to the felony drug charges, the man faces charges of possessing drug paraphernalia, giving false personal identity to a police officer, failure to register a vehicle, operating a vehicle without insurance, theft by receiving stolen property and driving on a denied license.

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