SAINT GEORGE – On October 19, 2022, a federal jury in the District of Utah found Stanley Beckstrom, 56, of Ivins, guilty of distribution of methamphetamine.
At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Beckstrom traveled to California to obtain methamphetamine. On July 21, 2021, Beckstrom delivered methamphetamine to a local restaurant in downtown St. George. The methamphetamine was tested in a drug lab. It was 100% pure and weighed one pound. The court scheduled Beckstrom’s sentencing for January 6, 2023.
The Washington County Drug Task Force investigated Beckstrom and others involved in the drug trafficking-organization. A federal grand jury charged Beckstrom and three others with crimes related to methamphetamine trafficking. On January 24, 2022, Dail Brady, 55, of St. George, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2022. On April 5, 2022, Christopher Brugada, 51, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 16, 2022. Jonathon Antonio Chairez is currently scheduled for a jury trial to begin on November 21, 2022.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen P. Dent and Jay T. Winward of the St. George Branch Office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah represented the United States at Beckstrom’s trial. Narcotics detectives from the Washington County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation into the drug-trafficking organization.