Cases with evidence that may have been tainted in the Weber County Sheriff’s Office included instances of drugs seized in strange situations and a dead man’s $833 possibly gone missing.
Here are summaries of several cases in which drugs or other evidence may have been consumed or turned up missing, or may have been otherwise compromised, according to incident reports obtained after a sheriff’s office internal investigation:
• On Feb. 12, 2017, sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and a juvenile sitting in a vehicle late at night in the parking lot of an LDS church in Hooper. Investigators confiscated 42 grams of dabs, a concentrated form of the active ingredient of marijuana, plus 5 grams of marijuana. No charges have been filed.
• In a traffic stop June 28, 2015, in Marriott-Slaterville, deputies seized 47 grams of methamphetamine and $527 in cash. The woman arrested later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance.
• Deputies arrested an Air Force reservist on 11 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor on June 22, 2017. Authorities said the female victim, who was mentally challenged, was abused in a vehicle. Deputies collected the victim’s shorts and semen evidence from the car. The suspect pleaded guilty to eight counts in October and was sentenced to prison in January 2018. During the evidence audit, deputies reported the rape kit collected in the case was one of at least four such kits that were found sitting on the floor in the evidence room. They had not been submitted to the state crime lab as required by state law.
• Deputies found a Washington Terrace man dead of natural causes in his home on Dec. 1, 2016. A wallet containing $833 and three handguns were collected and submitted to the evidence room to be held for the next of kin, a sister who lived in Georgia.
• A plastic bag containing methamphetamine was seized from a woman arrested for knocking a disabled man out of his wheelchair on Dec. 12, 2015. She pleaded guilty to abusing a handicapped person and possessing an illegal narcotic and was sentenced to prison.
• Found slumped over the steering wheel of his SUV on Combe Road on May 23, 2015, a man had 3.2 grams of cocaine in a plastic bag, deputies reported. The drugs were confiscated, but there is no record of charges being filed against the man in connection with the incident.
• A Weber County Jail corrections officer reported on Nov. 12, 2014, that she found a small bag of methamphetamine while conducting a VBC (vaginal body cavity) search during booking. The suspect was sentenced to a year in jail on an unrelated charge and the meth went missing in the sheriff’s evidence room.
• A jail report said an inmate swallowed six balloons of drugs before being booked on May 17, 2015. He vomited up three of the balloons in his cell and recovered the other three a few days later in his stool. Two amounts of suboxone, a narcotic withdrawal drug, were seized from the suspect and turned in to the evidence room.
• After a SWAT standoff June 4, 2014, a suspect was shot to death by police. At the hospital, an officer found a baggie of methamphetamine in the man’s pocket. That evidence also apparently was lost or consumed in the evidence room.
Standard-Examiner reporter Jacob Scholl contributed to this story.