MORGAN -- A man who took his daughter's birthday money to buy about a quarter pound of marijuana pleaded guilty recently to reduced charges.
Andrew Mook, 28, Evanston, Wyo., was released from Weber County jail and is now sentenced to home confinement until his sentencing hearing on Feb. 28 in Second District Court.
Mook entered into a plea agreement on three misdemeanor charges. The child endangerment and firearm possession felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors. The possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance felony was also reduced to a possession misdemeanor.
He originally faced felony charges for marijuana possession with intent to distribute, child endangerment and possession of a firearm by a restricted person and misdemeanor charges for possession of paraphernalia.
Mook has been held at the Weber County jail since his arrest on Oct. 15.
He and a friend drove to Ogden to buy marijuana, with his 7-year-old son and a friend's 2-year-old daughter in the back seat. The driver was a 16-year-old Evanston juvenile.
The children were released to the custody of Earl Ray Thomas, 34, of Evanston, another passenger in the car.
Mook was traveling on Interstate 84 just east of the Morgan city limits on Oct. 15 when Morgan County Deputy Chris Peay stopped the vehicle for having a license plate light out.
Peay's drug dog, Hank, alerted his handler to the possible presence of drugs in the vehicle, which gave Peay probable cause to search. In addition to 130.5 grams -- 1/4 of a pound -- of marijuana, Peay found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
"After we took him to jail, the mom called up the deputy and said 'That was the money we had been saving up for the daughter's birthday,'" Morgan County Chief Deputy Kevin Edwards said at the time of the arrest.
Moot would not tell the officers how much money that was, and the mother did not say, he said. However, Edwards provided marijuana street value figures that add up to $1,200 to $1,600.