Citizen's Tip Leads to Double Drug Bust

Citizen's Tip Leads to Double Drug Bust


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Whit Johnson and Gene Kennedy ReportingPolice find meth, marijuana, and crack cocaine during a Salt Lake City drug bust overnight. Five people were taken into custody last night, but no one has been booked yet.

Salt Lake police say arrests will likely be made very soon. They are still gathering evidence so the right charges can be filed.

Citizen's Tip Leads to Double Drug Bust

Officers found a significant amount of drugs after police busted down an apartment door. It all started with a tip.

Suspects caught red handed. Five people taken into custody, three with active warrants.

Lt. Fred Louis / Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "It's a win-win situation for the police department and the citizens."

Citizen's Tip Leads to Double Drug Bust

Overnight the SWAT team raided two apartments on 300 West. They found drugs, ammunition, no weapons, but plenty of people.

Trestin Meachum / Neighbor: "I've had several friends come by and say, 'Hey, I just saw a drug deal right in front of your house.'"

A citizen's tip lead to the search warrant. Neighbors say in this area, drug activity is no secret.

Trestin Meachum says drug deals happen right in the open along 300 West. Meachum says he sees traffic constantly pulling in and out of the Temple View Motel, just across the street from the apartments SWAT raided.

Trestin Meachum / Neighbor: "Pretty obvious stuff, like the cars will stop right in front of the house, go to the house at weird times of the night. Stop at the house for two minutes. Come back with a little bag or something."

His roommates have complained before. Today, they got results.

Citizen's Tip Leads to Double Drug Bust

Lt. Fred Louis, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "From time to time we do get some very good information from the tip line. I would say kudos to the individual who called us on this case. I would encourage our citizens to use our tip line when they see some sort of activity that they don't think is correct."

The information proved to be good on this drug bust. But the investigation is far from over. Police hope the evidence found at the apartments and the people inside will lead to concrete charges, and perhaps even more arrests.

Trestin Meachum / Neighbor: "That's really where it starts, people taking back their community. There's only so much the police can do."

And for some, the neighborhood is now a little safer.

Still no word from police as to what happened to those five suspects that were taken into custody. They say there is still a lot more left to be done in this investigation.

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