FARMINGTON – The Layton man accused of driving his pickup truck up the stairs of the Utah Capitol in October was charged last week in 2nd District Court with drug-related crimes.
Weston Gerold Green, 36, of Layton, faces second-degree felony charges of drug distribution and drug possession; third-degree felony child endangerment; and a class A misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia possession
Green allegedly drove his pickup up the west stairs of the state Capitol on Oct. 22, walked into the building and pounded on the doors of the old Utah Supreme Court chambers.
Because police say he resisted arrest and assaulted a trooper, Capitol security took him to the ground and arrested him.
Charging documents indicate Green was hit once in the mouth during his altercation with the trooper, so he was taken to a hospital.
When investigators interviewed him, he allegedly told them he had gone to the Capitol “to advocate for the legalization of marijuana,” according to court documents.
Because of his alleged statements, police served a search warrant on Green’s home, where the found 18 marijuana plants, a network of pipes, garden tools and heat lamps along with reflectors, filters, pumps, a vacuum sealer and other paraphernalia, according to the court documents. Investigators say they also found over five pounds of marijuana ready for packaging.
In the room where the vacuum sealer and some marijuana was allegedly found, detectives say they found toys belonging to Green’s child. Green is divorced but his son stayed with him some of the time, the charging documents state.
In addition to the 2nd District Court charges, Green was also charged with a class B misdemeanor of driving with a measurable controlled substance in his body in Salt Lake Justice Court on the day he allegedly went to the Capitol.