Fifteen people are facing drug charges after the latest sting operation in Salt Lake's Pioneer Park at 300 South and 300 West. They were arrested as dozens of officers carried out a three-hour operation at the troubled park.
Last night, police arrested 15 people; five for trying to buy drugs and 10 for selling them. Police said many of those arrested were undocumented and will likely face deportation.
Sgt. Fred Ross said police hope they're making progress in the troubled park. He said, "We are hoping that everybody realizes that you run the risk, you come to Salt Lake City to either buy or sell narcotics, we are going to apprehend you. You are going to go to jail."
But at least one woman who lives near the park said she's frustrated that progress wasn't being made. She said for every one taken off the street, someone quickly seems to take their place.
Ross said, "It's not something that's completely gone away. It's been there, and we are continually trying to address it. It's not like we saw a spike, and we felt like we needed to get back out last night."
Police say they'll continue with the operations from time to time.