A man charged with various crimes in Cache County now faces federal firearms charges after an incident in Logan last month.
James Warren Herbert, 47, faces three counts in the United States District Court; felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of a firearm while subject to a protective order, and possession of a firearm by a domestic violence misdemeanant.
On April 17, according to an affidavit filed with the court, Logan City Police officers observed a red van located in a public parking area; the van was known by police to be owned by Herbert. Towels and blankets were covering the windows, law enforcement wrote, and Herbert was believed to be sleeping in the van.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers found a lockbox containing a .22 caliber revolver and ammunition as well as controlled-substance paraphernalia.
Herbert appeared in 1st District Court on Wednesday for a detention hearing in two pending cases for a protective order violation and controlled substances charges. During the hearing Cache County prosecutor Barbara Lachmar told the court that since the April 17 event resulted in federal charges, charges in the 1st District Court would not be filed and a federal judge had ordered Herbert to be held pending trial.
Herbert relayed to the court through his attorney Ryan Holdaway that the federal judge ordered his incarceration as a result of the pending matters in Cache County. Holdaway told the court Herbert acknowledged his “less than stellar” attitude toward pretrial supervision and hoped to enter a treatment program in the federal court.
Judge Brian Cannell ordered Herbert to be held, at least until Cache County and federal prosecutors could confer on Herbert’s cases. Cannell expressed concern over Herbert’s recent criminal history regarding protective order violations, controlled substances and firearms.
“That’s a terrible combination,” Cannell said.