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33 pounds of illegal drugs seized in 1 week

By KSL.com | Posted - Jan. 24, 2011 at 5:28 p.m.


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SOUTH SALT LAKE -- Officers with the Unified Police Department have seized a total of 33 pounds of illegal drugs in Salt Lake County in the past week.

Hidden in a secret compartment of a Ford Explorer, UPD narcotics officers made quite a discovery: 7 pounds of cocaine, along with weapons and cash.

That was just one of three massive drug seizures last week. In all, 20 pounds of marijuana and 6 pounds of heroin in addition that 7 pounds of cocaine were found. Also seized were four vehicles, three guns and nearly $4,000 in cash.

Four people were taken into custody, three of whom are illegal immigrants.

The drug busts were made at three separate locations throughout the county in Millcreek, West Jordan, and Salt Lake City. They were all unrelated.

Officers say this is just a sampling of the drug activity in the Salt Lake Valley.

"We only seize a small percentage of it," said Sgt. Evan Mallas with the Unified Police Department.

UPD hopes this will open the public's eyes to the drug activity around them. Officers say they need help tracking drug traffickers down.

"Be vigilant, report suspicious behavior," Mallas said. "Short-term traffic in a house day and night, it's something that we'd like to hear about."

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Story compiled with contributions from Jennifer Stagg and Emiley Morgan.

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