Trio arrested after Washington City officer notices SUV’s numerous air fresheners, brings in sniffer dog

Jesus Orduno-Chavez, Dario Siqueiros-Hernandez and Jesus Torres-Lopez. Photo: Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, Dec. 10 (Gephardt Daily) — Three Southern Utah men were booked into jail after Washington City Police officers noticed multiple air fresheners dangling from the roof of their SUV, and brought in a sniffer dog to determine what the fresheners were intended to mask.

The mystery scent turned out to be a distributable amount marijuana, a probable cause statement filed in the case says. After being given consent to search the black SUV, the officer located a large black garbage bag, with multiple separate clear packages of a leafy green substance, the affidavit says.

Also found after the traffic stop were a Ruger pistol, found between the passenger seat and the center console; ammunition consistent with the Ruger, rolled into a chip bag and resting on the front passenger floor; and a clear plastic bag, tied, containing a white powder consistent with cocaine.

The three men were arrested, and were identified as Jesus Torres-Lopez, 21, of Beryl, an unincorporated community in Iron County; and Dario Siqueiros-Hernandez, 32, and Jesus Orduno-Chavez, 28, of Washington City.

An undisclosed number of air fresheners were hanging in the SUV. Photo: https://www.hellabargain.com

The men were interviewed by a Spanish-speaking officer. None of the three had a driver license, and one had an ID car from Mexico that appeared to be a fake.

Post Miranda (in Spanish), all three men agreed to talk to police, but denied knowledge of the large container of marijuana in the back or of the narcotics.

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They were transported to jail for further interview by a Spanish-speaking officer, the probable cause statement says.

Siqueiros-Hernandez was booked on suspicion of:

  • Possession with intent to distribute a class C substance, a third-degree felony
  • Purchase, transfer, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance schedule 1/11/analog, a class A misdemeanor
  • Possession or use of drug paraphernalia a class B misdemeanor

His bail was set at $7,630.

Torres-Lopez was booked on suspicion of:

  • Producing or transferring any false identification document, a second-degree felony
  • Purchase, transport, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony
  • Possession with the intent to distribute C/substance 58-37-8(1)(A)(III), a third-degree felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II/analog, a class A misdemeanor
  • Use or possession of  drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor

Torres-Lopez was booked on $17,000 bail.

Orduno-Chavez was booked on suspicion of:

  • Possession with intent to distribute C/substances (1)(A)(III), a third-degree felony
  • Purchase, transport, possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of a controlled substances schedule I/II/analog, a class A misdemeanor
  • Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor

His bail was set at $7,630.

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