January 4, 2013
According to Summit County Third District Court charging documents, Deputy Zachary Nakaishi pulled over a white Mercury Mountaineer on Interstate 80 in Summit County on Dec. 27 for traveling 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. He had also been unable to see the vehicle’s rear license plate on the road.
When Nakaishi approached the Mountaineer, he smelled raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. He deployed a Sheriff’s Department K-9 used to detect illegal drugs for an exterior vehicle sniff.
After the K-9 indicated on the vehicle, Nakaishi did a probable cause search, and located a glass pipe containing methamphetamine inside a safe on the back seat. He also found a grinder containing raw marijuana inside a backpack, and a piece of tin foil with traces of heroin on it in the glove box.
The driver, Jaron Michael Ammons, 20, from Evanston, Wyo., and the passenger, Preston P. Freeman, 19, also from Evanston, Wyo., admitted to smoking two balloons of heroin on the foil. Freeman also admitted to owning the safe and the pipe, saying he had used the pipe to smoke methamphetamine a few days before, the criminal pleading alleged.
Ammons was charged on Dec. 31 with third-degree felony possession or use of a controlled substance, class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor speeding and class C misdemeanor legibility of license plate from 100 feet. Ammon’s initial court appearance is scheduled Jan. 7.
Freeman was charged the same day with two counts of third-degree felony possession or use of a controlled substance, class B misdemeanor possession or use of a controlled substance and class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Freeman’s roll call hearing is scheduled Jan. 7.