Summit County assists in FBI meth arrests
March 25, 2011
On March 16, Summit County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team assisted the FBI in arresting two local men allegedly involved in a large methamphetamine distribution ring. The FBI declined to provide the specific location within the county where the arrests took place.
The arrests came at the close of a year-and-a-half-long, statewide investigation that resulted in 25 arrests in four northern Utah counties.
According to a press release from the Salt Lake Office of the FBI, the suspects have been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in two federal indictments unsealed last week. The joint operation follows a significant investigation by the FBI, the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force, and ICE as a part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Utah.
The 25 defendants in the two cases were arrested by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies from Utah, Salt Lake, Summit, and Wasatch Counties working in collaboration with authorities in Idaho and California. The majority of the arrests were made march 16 after the grand jury returned the indictments. Warrants remain in place for a few of the defendants.
The first indictment alleges that beginning no later than April 14, 2010, and continuing through March 16, 2011, the defendants charged in the indictment conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
The two Park City defendants charged in the indictment are: Armando Lopez Fuentas, age 29, and Roberto Rojas Torres, age 37, and both were being held on ICE detainers.
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Five of the defendants are from neighboring Wasatch County.
The potential maximum penalty for a conviction of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine is up to life in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. Indictments are not findings of guilt. Individuals charged in indictments are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.