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Bad turn leads to big drug bust for police

Taylorsville police seized more approximately 1 kilogram of heroin and 500 fentanyl pills during a traffic stop this week, according to officers.

Taylorsville police seized more approximately 1 kilogram of heroin and 500 fentanyl pills during a traffic stop this week, according to officers. (StanislauV, Shutterstock)


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TAYLORSVILLE — A minor traffic violation led to the discovery of hundreds of fentanyl pills and large amount of heroin Tuesday.

A Taylorsville police officer pulled over Edgar Ivan Rodriguez-Moreno, 29, about 7 p.m. near 4800 S. Redwood Road, after he allegedly made an improper lane change. The officer who pulled Rodriguez-Moreno over then learned that Rodriguez-Moreno did not have a valid driver's license, according to a police booking affidavit.

An officer with a drug-sniffing police K-9 was then called to the scene to sniff around the exterior of the vehicle. When the dog indicated the possible presence of drugs in the car, a search of the vehicle was conducted.

Officers found approximately one pound of heroin and 1,500 fentanyl pills, in addition to a small amount of methamphetamine, scales, plastic bags and drug paraphernalia, the affidavit states.

Rodriguez-Moreno was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of three counts of drug possession.

Correction: police originally incorrectly stated 500 fentanyl pills and 1 kilogram of heroin was seized.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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