Sheriff’s Report, Nov. 25-27, 2015
November 24, 2015
The overwhelming smell of moth balls and soap tipped off a Summit County K9 officer and resulted in the seizure of more than 80 pounds of marijuana from a vehicle on Interstate 80 this weekend.
Nou Yang, 47, of California, was arrested for possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance and failure to signal, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Possession of marijuana is a third-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
At around 4 p.m. Sunday, deputies stopped Yang’ for failure to signal while he was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80. The report states, as deputies approached they could smell moth balls and soap coming from inside the vehicle.
"I know from speaking to other deputies that do drug interdiction that we commonly find people who are hiding illegal substances in that amount will use other scents to try and mask the smell of the marijuana," said Casey Bates, Summit County detective. "Marijuana has a very strong smell and they will cover that with other items, often using fabric softener or other aromatic things."
A trained dog located the marijuana hidden in the driver and passenger side doors, as well as in the trunk. Five separate bags were found.
It is unknown where Yang was taking the drugs, Bates said, which have a street value of roughly $160,000.
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According to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to numerous other calls between Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 22, including the following:
Sunday, Nov. 22
A woman called dispatch to report that she had lost her iPhone 6 at a Basin-area or Heber Valley business. The phone was tracked to North Summit, but was not located.
Saturday, Nov. 21
A South Summit resident reported his mail box had been knocked over and destroyed.
A South Summit resident reported that an unknown suspect has repeatedly caused his horses to escape.
A North Summit man reported to dispatch that someone had allegedly attempted to poison his dog. The man claimed to have found a tennis ball that had a hole cut in it and was filled with a substance resembling ketchup.
Friday, Nov. 20
A man was arrested for driving under the influence at a Kimball Junction-area store after deputies received a report that he had been driving erratically on Interstate 80.
Dispatch received a report from a Basin-area man who claimed he was assaulted, but later refused to cooperate.
Employees at a Kimball Junction-area business reported two men and a woman had allegedly stolen several items of clothing before fleeing the store. Deputies were unable to locate the suspects. An investigation is ongoing.
Deputies responded to a Kimball Junction-area apartment complex to keep the peace. They arrested a man for violating a protective order.
Dispatch received a report of a domestic violence incident at a Basin-area home, but deputies were unable to substantiate the claim. The county attorney’s office will consider charges.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Road 224 for a lane travel violation and discovered the driver had six active warrants. He was arrested and booked into the Summit County Jail.
A man and a woman were arrested in North Summit for allegedly stealing gift cards from a Basin-area store.
While investigating a case in North Summit, deputies located a motorcycle from Ogden. The vehicle was reported stolen last month, but deputies determined the situation is a civil dispute between a man and a woman.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Deputies stopped a vehicle on State Road 224 for a headlight violation and discovered the driver had an active warrant out of the Summit County Justice Court. She was arrested and taken to the Summit County Jail.
Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Kimball Junction-area and arrested two men for active warrants. One was taken to the Summit County Jail and the other was released to Heber City Police.
A South Summit man reported three pianos and four paintings stolen from a business in the Kamas Valley.
Deputies responded to a fight between four people at a Kimball Junction-area business. Two people claimed to have been pushed. The county attorney’s office will consider charges.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
A North Summit man reported someone had taken a blanket off the windshield of his car, placed it in the back seat and left a drink near it. The car was unlocked and there are no suspects.
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