Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Previously Deported Illegal Alien Caught With $850,000 Worth Of Meth And Cocaine In Utah
PROVO, Utah (KUTV) – Utah County authorities arrested a man who's accused of trafficking illegal drugs worth over $850,000, a press release stated.
On January 12, detectives with the Utah County Special Enforcement Team and deputies with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a car for traffic violations.
Jose Olegario Lopez, 44, didn't stop the car until law enforcement surrounded him.
During an initial search, detectives found a small amount of cocaine on Lopez’s person. Officers and a K9 found a sealed box which contained several individually wrapped packages, a press release stated.
Detectives found 2.35 pounds of cocaine valued at about $106,000. The remaining packages contained 16.7 pounds of methamphetamine, that's a street value of over $750,000.
Lopez’s 16-year-old son was in the car at the time of his arrest. Detectives don't believe the son was involved in the drug trafficking and later released him to his mom, a press release stated.
Agents with the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed Lozpez is an illegal immigrant. He also has 8 aggravated reentry violations.
Lopez was booked into jail on 2 1st-degree felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; a child endangerment charge; for failing to respond to the command of a peace officer; and a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a press release.
A judge ordered Lopez be held without bail and ICE agents have placed a hold on him.
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