The state of Utah is usually marketed as one of the more wholesome, safer states in the United States. However, drug traffickers don’t give a fuck what you’re known for. If they have to move weight through your state, they’re going to do just that. From Wednesday evening until early this morning, a drug running outfit–believed to be moving product supplied by a Mexican cartel–was raided in the West Valley area. During the sting, authorities seized a haul of heroin and cocaine worth a substantial $1 million.
Around 20 officers from the UPD Taylorsville-based Street Crimes Unit and the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force descended upon the main stash house. They thoroughly searched the crib and five vehicles believed to be used as stashes. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
By the time they were done, officers had seized 21.89 pounds of “pure heroin,” Bell said, along with 14.5 ounces of cocaine and $10,000 in cash. The drugs were found in the house and hidden within ingenious secret compartments within the vehicles, which also were seized.
The Salt Lake Tribune spoke to Lieutenant Lex Bell of the Unified Police, who described the hidden compartments:
Bell said it was apparent that the hidden compartments — some involving combination lock-like releases and hydraulic mechanisms located under seats, floorboards and instrument panels — were the kind of professional expertise typical of well-funded, major Mexican drug operations.
Among the arrested was an unnamed 38-year-old Mexican man, who acted as local kingpin. He was taken in along with two others. They currently sit in Salt Lake County jail on various drug possession and distribution charges. Though it is only suspected that the drugs came from one of the cartels, authorities believe that they came from the infamous Sinaloa cartel, because they were allegedly smuggled across the border from Nogales, a Sinaloa stronghold.