WEST JORDAN — The investigation into a large drug ring allegedly led by a 19-year-old man making many of his deals on Snapchat continues to grow.
On Monday, West Jordan police arrested the suspect’s mother for allegedly logging off her son’s Snapchat account.
Jessica Lynn Jacobs, 43, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of obstruction of justice.
In September, Ntwydamala Christian Cook, 19, was arrested and charged in 3rd District Court with being involved in a drug criminal enterprise, drug distribution, purchase or possession of a firearm by a restricted person, and other charges. His arrest came following a 14-month investigation by law enforcers of a large-scale drug ring in Utah. Cook primarily used Snapchat “to sell large amounts of multiple (types) of narcotics, firearms and fraudulent driver’s licenses,” the arresting officer wrote in his jail booking affidavit.
When Cook was arrested, detectives “located multiple firearms, cash, fraudulent driver’s licenses and multiple narcotics including a substance that tested positive fentanyl, methamphetamine (positive test), ecstasy (positive test), LSD (positive test), marijuana and thousands of THC cartridges” in his residence, the affidavit states.
Three vehicles were also seized, one of them registered in Jacobs’ name. Jacobs told police she needed to register the car in her name to get it out of impound, according to the affidavit.
“Mrs. Jacobs stated her son was starting a clothing brand ‘PND.’ She said ‘PND,’ stood for ‘people need design.’ I informed her that her son had indeed started a business, but that ‘PND,’ stood for ‘plug next door,’ and I believed he was using the company as a way to launder his illegal drug proceeds,” the affidavit states.
The affidavit alleges that since his arrest, Cook has been giving his mother constant instructions from jail to give to other members of the drug ring.
“The suspect instructs Mrs. Jacobs to collect money or sell multiple assets from these suspects,” according to the affidavit,
On Sept. 18, police believe Cook gave his mother his password for his Snapchat account.
“He then tells Mrs. Jacobs that is where all the evidence against him is coming from and instructs her to log him out. The suspect instructs Mrs. Jacobs to have his sister assist her if she does not know how,” the affidavit states. “A short time after the suspect instructed Mrs. Jacobs to log him out I noticed his phone was now logged out and I potentially lost vital evidence in this investigation.”
On Oct. 10, Jacobs was questioned by police but denied being given the password by her son, according to the affidavit.
Police also noted in the affidavit that detectives believe Jacobs has been talking to “a high-ranking business partner of her son’s” in an effort to secure the $250,000 needed for bail money.