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West Valley cases tossed in Utah federal court cite drugs, guns
WVC » Up to 100 drug and gun investigations may be in jeopardy as the feds question evidence, reports.

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A detective alleged he had caught the 37-year-old dealing a small amount of cocaine. Farley also had an unloaded gun in his car that Mauro said his client forgot he was carrying.

After initially filing state charges, authorities decided to prosecute the case federally, meaning Farley, who had little prior criminal history, was facing a minimum prison sentence of five years rather than potentially less severe charges in a state court, Mauro said.

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Mauro said when he began to review the case, he didn’t know the narcotics unit was under investigation. He said he simply found the case "odd."

"I had received these kind of bare-bones reports," he said, noting that records indicated just one officer was involved in the bust when it was really the entire squad. He said he discovered that Salmon and Cowley both helped arrest his client although their names were not listed in the reports.

"We found out there was a tape recording of the informant that just coincidentally never recorded the drug transaction itself," he said. "There were representations made to us of the nature of the confidential informant’s previous criminal history that weren’t accurate. They’re obligated to tell me if there are issues about their credibility. It’s a pretty material misrepresentation."

Now that his client has been cleared, Mauro said Farley can get his life back on track.

"Hopefully he can get it together and move on," Mauro said.

jstecklein@sltrib.comTwitter @sltribjanelle

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