A routine traffic stop leads to the arrest of two Utah men on several drug charges. Officers from the Southern Area Interdiction Narcotics Team (S.A.I.N.T.) observed a vehicle with an unreadable temporary tag driving in the northbound lane of I-15 near mile marker 114 and conducted a traffic stop. Upon closer examination, officers observed the passenger exhibiting suspicious behavior and noticed small balloons on the passenger side floor board containing heroin and cocaine.
26-year-old Kenneth Taylor of St. George and 21-year-old Darwin Lee of Ivins were arrested for trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. Lee was additionally charged with possession of a hypodermic device. Both were transported to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas without incident.
S.A.I.N.T. is a team of officers consisting of the Mesquite Police Department and the Department of Public Safety.