7 nabbed in Layton heroin bust

Wednesday , August 06, 2014 - 3:53 PM

LAYTON  — Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force arrested seven people and booked them in the Davis County Jail early Tuesday morning.

According to a probable cause statement of arrest documents filed with the Davis County Jail, a confidential informant bought heroin twice from Christopher Royce Lovell, 35, between June 16 and July 17. 

Officers from the strike force served a search warrant at house at 956 W. Gordon Ave., Layton. Lovell was arrested outside the home, according to the document. He also told officers which room was his room inside the home. When officers searched his room, they found balloons, a scale, used syringes, bags and tin foil.

Strike force agents also searched Lovell’s cellphone and found text messages “documenting drug sales,” according to the document. 

Lovell was booked in the jail on two counts of distribution of heroin and one count of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, all first-degree felonies. 

Agents also arrested two other people and booked them on felonies:

  • Baylee Marie Wagner, 18, admitted to officer she was selling methamphetamine, according to a probable cause statement. Officers found small bags inside her room. She was booked on one count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and two misdemeanors.
  • Charisse Read Rahter, 40, was booked in the jail on one count of possession of cocaine, a second-degree felony. According to the probable cause statement officers found a purse, which she admitted was hers, and inside the purse was a container with a white residue. Officers also found in a room she was using a bag  with a substance that tested positive for cocaine.

Four other people who lived in the home were arrested and booked on misdemeanors, drug-related charges. They are: Brandon Sha Hess, 34; Bradley B. Christensen, 39; Myranda Joan Dotson, 32; and William Patrick Hicks, 31. 



The Davis County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges in 2nd District Court. 

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. Like her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SELorettaPark.

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