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Police arrest 13 and seize drugs, cars, cash and guns in Salt Lake bust

Published April 5, 2014 9:54 pm

Crime • Police say the drug operation involves street gang.
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Salt Lake City's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested 13 people Wednesday in an operation that also netted seven firearms, 10 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, eight vehicles, and $175,000.

The suspects were charged in federal indictments with distribution of methamphetamine and heroin; conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and heroin; possession of methamphetamine and heroin with intent to distribute; and money laundering, according to a U.S. attorney's office news release. Authorities said the drug case involves a local street gang.

Agencies working on the operation included the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and the Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Sandy and West Jordan police departments, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Unified Police Department, the Metro Gang Unit, and the Utah Department of Public Safety.

All of the suspects had initial appearances Thursday in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court.