Wellsville man arrested on suspicion of transporting drugs

Booking photo for Tanner J. Mitton (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 25-year-old Wellsville man, who police suspect was transporting drugs throughout southern Idaho and northern Utah, is in the Cache County Jail after being arrested Saturday. Tanner J. Mitton is being held without bail after prosecutors filed more than 20 criminal charges against him.

According to an arrest report, a Cache County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Mitton, driving a red Volkswagon Jetta in Smithfield. The deputy recognized that the suspect had a warrant for his arrest.

Mitton allegedly became verbally confrontational with the deputy. He also appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine and heroine.

Deputies obtained a warrant and searched the Jetta. Inside they found needles, aluminum foil, plastic packages with residue and two electronic scales. They also located two bags of marijuana and a baggy of cocaine. Multiple cellphones, laptops, a hard-drive, financial card swiping device and a printer were also discovered in the car.
Mitton admitted to law enforcement that he had been using drugs. He later tested positive for multiple illegal substances and was booked into jail.

Mitton was arraigned in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, appearing by video from jail. He was charged with possession with the intent to distribute, a second-degree felony; and five counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person and failure to register as a sex-offender, all third-degree felonies. He was also charged with 12 misdemeanors for obstructing justice, drug use, driving under the influence, and failing to have a valid drivers license or proper insurance.

Mitton asked the court to be released from jail on bail. He said he had been following the law but “slipped up the last couple of weeks.”

Judge Angela Fonnesbeck refused. She ordered Mitton to remain in jail and appear again in court next week.

In 2012, Mitton was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. The Utah Department of Corrections report he had been non-compliant in keeping his sex-offender profile up to date.


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