WEST JORDAN — A local tattoo artist is the latest person to be arrested as part of a 14-month investigation into a large local drug ring.
On Tuesday, Jed Kyle Miller, 30, of Tooele, was arrested for investigation of money laundering, engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity, criminal conspiracy, drug distribution, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and engaging in a criminal street gang.
His capture brings the number of total arrests in the case to at least four.
The investigation culminated In September, when 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. Police Cook sold large amounts of drugs, firearms and fraudulent driver’s licenses throughout Salt Lake County.
“During the investigation I found the primary suspect ran the operation by structuring it much like a business. The suspect had numerous business partners and/or clients responsible for different areas of the operation,” the arresting officer wrote in a police affidavit.
One of those clients was Miller, according to police and Cook would frequently visit Susie M’s Gallery of Fine Tattooing, 1361 S. State. Investigators held surveillance and watched Cook meet with Miller multiple times outside the shop, the affidavit states.
“On some occasions, I observed the primary suspect post videos displaying the product and discussing pricing with Mr. Miller while I physically watched the meeting a short distance away. The videos also displayed the primary suspect and Mr. Miller ingest THC dabs through a bong. On at least one occasion I watched the suspects walk large boxes and a duffel bag into the Susie M’s Tattoo Shop after displaying the items,” according to the affidavit.
After his arrest, Cook told investigators that Miller “was one of his larger customers of THC related products. The suspect told me he would sell approximately 2,000 cartridges at a time to Mr. Miller. The suspect also stated Mr. Miller owed him approximately $20,000. The suspect also stated Mr. Miller would receive his product and then sell it to multiple other suspects,” the affidavit states.
On Tuesday, police took Miller into custody.
“The suspect confessed to working with the primary suspect to sell large amounts of THC products. Mr. Miller also confessed to working with other suspects in the area to distribute these narcotics on a continual basis over at least the past year. Mr. Miller admitted he paid cash for the items and was also fronted the money for a motorcycle which he was paying the primary suspect back in cash,” the report states.
On Monday, Cook’s mother, Jessica Lynn Jacobs, 43, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of obstruction of justice.
Earlier this month, Andrew Trieu Diep, 28, of Salt Lake City, was arrested for investigation of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity, money laundering, producing or manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
When Cook was initially arrested, police said they believed he had at least five associates and that more arrests were anticipated.