Officers seized tons of drugs over 2017, cocaine busts up from last year

Dec 18, 2017, 6:48 PM
...

UHP HEADQUARTERS – Police say they’ve taken in millions and millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs throughout 2017.  Investigators say they believe they know where the drugs are coming from and where they’re intended to go.

Over the course of 2017, public safety officers busted 227 people driving through Utah with drugs in their vehicles.  Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Jared Garcia says, “During those traffic stops, we were able to seize 4,050 pounds of marijuana, over 550 pounds of methamphetamine, and 46 pounds of heroin.”

Those numbers are on par with the amount of drugs taken in 2016, but, Garcia says there was a big spike into the number of cocaine busts.  “We seized 100 pounds of cocaine this year, whereas last year we had around 46 pounds or 42 pounds,” Garcia says, adding it may be partially due to the arrests made as part of Operation Rio Grande.

This adds up to several million dollars worth of drugs, Garcia says, although, no one has officially done the math to determine an exact dollar figure.  He also states they’re getting a clear picture of where they’re coming from.  “They’re coming from, primarily, southern California and Mexico, specifically when we’re taking about methamphetamine,” Garcia says, adding that most of the marijuana is coming from northern California.

Where are the drugs going?  Garcia says Utah is proving to be a destination and a pit-stop for traffickers.  “It’s being distributed all throughout our country.  We did have 40 cases, this year, that can be tied to Utah and the majority of them are coming into the Salt Lake Valley.”

Along with the drugs, troopers found restricted persons with firearms and groups conducting card-skimming operations.

(Photos: Department of Public Safety)

Today’s Top Stories

Halfway hill fire update...
Mark Jackson

Human-caused fires on the decline

In 2022, the data behind human caused fires in the state of Utah has significantly decreased. State fire officials credit Utahns and an ad.
7 hours ago
kia markups...
Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Business

Kia, once the ‘value’ brand, now has the biggest price markups

On average, Kia cars and SUVs are selling for about 6% over their sticker price, according to data from Edmunds.com.
7 hours ago
Nouran Salahieh, Jason Hanna and Christina Maxouris, CNN

Hurricane Ian knocked out power to all of Cuba and is now heading toward Florida where officials urge evacuations

More than 2.5 million Floridians were under some kind of evacuation warning Tuesday as Hurricane Ian marched closer to the state's west coast after knocking out power across all of Cuba.
7 hours ago
Police in Elko, Nev., are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect in connection to fi...
Mark Jones

Nevada police searching for suspect who fired into at least three buildings

Police in Elko, Nevada, say someone shot a firearm into at least three different businesses on Monday night. Police say there were no injuries reported.
1 day ago
intermountain healthcare...
Mark Jones

Name change coming to Intermountain Healthcare next year

In 2023, Intermountain Healthcare will change its name to Intermountain Health.
1 day ago
University of Utah students rallied in support of Mahsa Amini. She was the woman killed by Iran's M...
Lindsay Aerts

U of U students rally in support of Mahsa Amini, woman killed in Iran

University of Utah students protested the death of Mahsa Amini on Tuesday. Amini was recently killed by the Iran's Morality Police.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Officers seized tons of drugs over 2017, cocaine busts up from last year