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Traffic stop leads to drug bust

Wyatt Anderson (left) and William Zele (right)

By JOHN SERFUSTINI
Sun Advocate associate editor
and C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate reporter

A routine traffic stop by Price police last Wednesday led to the arrest of two men suspected of drug dealing and assorted other crimes.

According to Capt. Bill Barnes, the bust began to unfold at 10:30 p.m., when officers stopped a 1989 Acura sedan at 50 West 200 South in Price for a malfunctioning light. When police checked the driver's ID with dispatch, they discovered that Wyatt Anderson, 24, of Ferron was wanted on a statewide warrant. It turned out that Anderson was also driving on a suspended license and was required to have an ignition interlock device on any car he was driving.

There was no interlock device because the car did not belong to Anderson, nor to his passenger, William Christian Zele, 31, of Price.

So the police arrested Anderson and were ready to let Zele go until they spotted a bag in the back seat that neither man would claim. The officers asked if it would be okay then to release everything inside to the owner of the car. Zele showed signs of panic at that point, the captain said.

During the questioning that followed, both suspects gave conflicting stories, so the cops impounded the car and searched it. Barnes said they found more than 21 grams of methamphetamine, 2 grams of heroin and assorted paraphernalia. Police also reported that they found two wallets on Zele. One contained no ID but held $2,000 in cash. The other contained Zele's ID.

Both suspects were booked into Carbon County Jail for possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Anderson was also booked for driving without an interlock device, driving on suspended license and for the outstanding warrant.




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