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Sam Penrod ReportingPolice say they've busted a widespread drug trafficking ring involving drug deals in both Utah and Salt Lake Counties. Police say they confiscated drugs that would have a street value of more than $325,000, and they arrested three people who, they say, were big time drug dealers.
An investigation led to a traffic stop early this morning where some of the items were found. Detectives served search warrants at an apartment in Taylorsville and another in Midvale. Overall they found five pounds of cocaine, two pounds of meth, and almost a pound of heroin, along with $5,000 in case and two handguns that had been stolen in Provo.
The Utah County Major Crimes Task Force calls the arrests a big victory in the fight against illegal drugs in Utah.
Jose Castro-Rivas, age 35; Rosendo Castro-Rivas, age 28; and Abisael Jimenez-Garcia, age 27 were arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County jail on various drug distribution and firearms charges. But they could be in even bigger trouble, because since it was such a big bust, federal charges could be filed, which means much stiffer punishment if the suspects are convicted.