Utah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Orem man Monday after they allegedly discovered $14,000 worth of methaphetamine in a Nevada man’s vehicle last week.
According to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest, authorities patrolling the area near mile marker 154 on State Road 6 on Sept. 23 observed a yellow pickup truck traveling east at a very low speed. While watching the truck continue down SR 6, deputies also witnessed the truck swerve out of its lane of travel and leave the roadway several times.
Authorities initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which came to a stop before it could drive into a ditch on the side of the road. Officials were able to make contact with the driver, identified as 43-year-old Jason Andrew Vangundy of Henderson, Nevada, who exhibited signs of being impaired, including bloodshot and droopy eyes, dilated pupils, and slowed and slurred speech.
After completing the standard field sobriety test, deputies found Vangundy was reportedly not safe to drive, and he was placed under arrest under the suspicion for driving under the influence, according to arrest documents.
Authorities completed an inventory of Vangundy’s vehicle and allegedly found used needles on the passenger seat as well as large quantities of methamphetamine on the floorboard.
Originally, authorities reported finding about 560 individual doses of methamphetamine, which is worth about $5,600. After further investigation, police — in total — found about 1,400 individual doses, which is estimated to be worth about $14,000, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Police also reportedly discovered THC gummies and pipes that are commonly used to smoke marijuana as well as packaging and a scale, which officials advised is consistent with