Kaysville spice manufacturing defendant pleads not guilty

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:35 PM

Loretta Park, Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — A man who police believe was manufacturing spice in his home has entered not guilty pleas to multiple charges.

John Allen Edwards, 43, is charged with one count of clandestine laboratory precursors and equipment, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, a third-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, class B misdemeanor.

His attorney, Gerald Salcido, requested a suppression hearing concerning evidence collected. Judge Thomas Kay set Jan. 9 for the suppression hearing.

Kaysville police arrested Edwards following a month-long investigation. With the assistance of the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force and local K- 9 units, a search warrant was served in September on a storage unit, where a large amount of spice was seized, police said.

Information at the storage unit led officers to Edwards’ apartment in Kaysville, where a second search warrant was served that same day and another large amount of spice was seized, according to a probable cause document.

Inside the apartment, officers seized items used in the manufacturing of spice. Police said it was the basic ingredients, not a spice lab. In all, more than 21 pounds of spice was seized at the two locations with a street value estimated at several thousand dollars.

Edwards was located and arrested Oct. 2.

Police said it was the largest spice bust in Kaysville since a year and a half when a smoke shop was shut down for selling spice and the owner and an employee charged federally. The owner also had a smoke shop in Salt Lake City that was busted.

Kaysville officers typically see spice on a monthly basis, police said. The contacts are simple possession arrests during traffic stops and other patrol encounters, he said, similar to the volume of marijuana cases.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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