Provo man arrested after MDMA pills, marijuana found in vehicle

Michael Anthony Boyd. Photo Courtesy: Utah County Jail

PROVO, Utah, Nov. 25, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A Provo man was arrested Saturday after police allegedly found MDMA pills and marijuana in his vehicle.

Michael Anthony Boyd, 24, was booked for:

  • Two counts of second-degree felony possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance
  • One count of class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance marijuana/spice
  • One count of class B misdemeanor use or possession of drug paraphernalia
  • One count of class B misdemeanor driving with a measurable controlled substance
  • One count of class C misdemeanor driving on a suspended or revoked license.

A probable cause statement issued by Utah County said an officer observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the corner of the parking lot at Footprinter Park, at 1350 W. 1150 South, in Provo.

“The vehicle began to accelerate away as I approached before I activated my overhead lights,” the statement said. “I contacted the driver, Michael Boyd, and informed him the park was closed. A male was seated in the front passenger seat with his seat reclined back and no seat belt fastened.”

Boyd admitted he did not have a valid license and provided a Utah ID card. A record check then showed a suspended license.

“I advised the driver I could smell the odor of marijuana and asked him to exit the vehicle,” the arresting officer wrote. “He initially refused before exiting along with the passenger. As soon as Michael stood up I observed a bag of marijuana on the floor between his feet and the seat. In the center console there were several plastic bags, a container with what I recognized to be marijuana oil residue, another with ‘dab’; a marijuana concentrate and 15 pills contained that I recognized to possibly be MDMA.”

The officer also found $401 in cash, a scale with marijuana residue and numerous items of paraphernalia.

The MDMA, or ecstasy, was field tested and showed positive.

Several more bags of marijuana were found in a bag in the back seat behind the driver, the statement said.

The total gross weight of the marijuana located was 180.8 grams, which the arresting officer said was more than “an individual used amount.” The marijuana was field tested and showed positive for THC. The “dab” had a weight of 1.3 grams.

“When advised he was being placed under arrest, Michael asked how we could prove the drugs belonged to him,” the probable cause statement said. “I commented on some of the items being in his bag with items with his name on them. Michael advised the items did not belong to the passenger.”

Boyd was placed under arrest and transported to Utah County Jail. A preliminary urine test showed positive for THC, methamphetamine, amphetamine and cocaine.

He was convicted on Feb. 13 of a class A misdemeanor charge for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Boyd is being held on $20,000 bail.




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