Many view Morgan County as a sleepy town slightly removed from the crime and drugs along the Wasatch Front. But Interstate 84 makes sure the county is on the footpath of many criminals travelling to and from other locations.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, at 9 p.m., Andrew Mook, 28, of Evanston, Wyo., was traveling eastbound on I-84 with several others when Deputy Christian Peay stopped the car because a light was out on his license plate.
Morgan County Chief Deputy Kevin Edwards said it could have ended there with a traffic violation citation. But Peay’s Labrador retriever K9 Hank sensed something more, like 130.5 grams of marijuana worth up to $1,600 on the street, a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and evidence of even more marijuana.
“It’s nice to have Hank anywhere we make traffic stops,” Edwards said of the dog that has been with the department for three years.
Edwards said that many drug runners use I-84 in their travels. “It is a transport area,” he said. Since the Utah Highway Patrol is usually busy in other counties, Morgan deputies often patrol I-84.
Mook was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and intent to distribute. Because two children were in the vehicle, including Mook’s son, he was also charged with child endangerment.
Mook traveled to Ogden to buy the nearly quarter pound of marijuana using a girl’s birthday money.