Search warrant results in arrest of three in North Logan

Three young North Logan residents woke up Wednesday morning at their home on 395 E. 2700 North to a surprise visit from agents from the Cache-Rich Drug Task Force.Edward H. Rutan, 22, Felix O. Parda, 19, and Tammy L. Augustus, 21, were asleep when detectives entered the home on a search warrant at 9 a.m. Logan City Police Lt. Rod Peterson said the detectives were acting on tips from informants as part of ongoing anti-drug investigations in Cache Valley.”Upon gaining entry to the home, it smelled of marijuana throughout the home,” Peterson said. “One adult male was located by the name of Felix Parda. He was in bed in the basement. There was an adult female upstairs in the south bedroom. Also present in the home was Edward Rutan and two infant girls.” Peterson said he didn’t know who the infants belonged to.Detectives found an undisclosed amount of marijuana in Augustus’s bedroom that appeared to be packaged for distribution, he said.Augustus, Pardo and Rutan were arrested and booked into the Cache County Jail by detective William Barber of the LCPD, on suspicion of various marijuana-related crimes, including possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless endangerment resulting from the two children in the home.Court records show that Parda has since been charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute, all felonies; and possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors. Augustus has since been charged with possession or use of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, both felonies; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor. All charges were enhanced as a result of being within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone. Augustus has also been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, third-degree felonies. Rutan has not yet been charged. Parda and Augustus were found indigent and assigned court-appointed attorneys.After a preliminary appearance on Thursday, bail was reduced to $7,000 for Parda and $5,000 for Augustus. All three are out of jail and free until pre-trial conferences, which have been set for Nov. 23.

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