Two people have been arrested after a routine traffic stop resulted in the confiscation of over 7 pounds of methamphetamine in a jeep. Roberto Carlos Lopez-Alejandre, 25, of Taylorsville, and Lisa P. Dupuy, 32, of Pleasant Grove have been charged in connection to the drug seizure. Lopez Alejandre is facing charges possession of methamphetamine with an intent to distribute with a prior distribution, a first-degree felony, and possession or use of methamphetamine with a prior distribution, a third-degree felony. Meanwhile Dupuy has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with an intent to distribute with a prior distribution, a second-degree felony, as well as use or possession of methamphetamine, a class A misdemeanor. Additionally, both have been charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest and subsequent charges stem from an incident in Payson where the pair had been pulled over for a routine traffic stop the morning of Friday Dec. 1. A sheriff's deputy pulled the car over and found that Lopez-Alejandro did not have a driver's license on him at the time, and that he was showing signs of impairment along with alcohol being inside the vehicle. The deputy was informed by both people that they were driving back from Mesquite, Nevada where they had spent the day gambling, but could not keep their stories consistent regarding their travel or how they got there. This prompted the sheriff's office to deploy a K-9 unit to search the vehicle, which ultimately led to the discovery of 7.05 pounds of methamphetamine inside. Upon further searching deputies found a smaller bag of the substance within which Dupuy claimed to be hers, as well as a small bag on Lopez-Alejandre who claimed he'd forgotten he had it.
The amount of meth that was seized is an estimated 320,000 individual uses. According to court records both are no strangers to law enforcement, with each of them having multiple previous arrests on drug-related offenses.
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