Trio of drug suspects arrested Friday in Coalville |

Trio of drug suspects arrested Friday in Coalville

Aaron Osowski, The Park Record

Three suspects were taken into custody in Coalville on Friday on arrest warrants for drug distribution after a tip came in from a Wyoming agency that four known suspects had entered Utah.

According to Summit County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Justin Martinez, the four suspects whose arrest warrants were listed on the National Crime Information Center’s website for drug distribution were Ernie Montoya, Sr., Ernie Montoya, Jr., Armundo Montoya and Shallene Mullen.

Early Friday, a detective went to the suspects’ residence in Coalville and saw Montoya, Jr., and Mullen. The two were arrested without incident and were also found to be in possession of drugs, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

The detective then went back to the residence later that day, holding surveillance near the residence, where Montoya, Sr., and Armundo Montoya were expected to return. Montoya, Sr., was later seen at the home, Martinez said, arriving in a vehicle by himself. An open container of alcohol was found in his vehicle, and Montoya, Sr., had an odor of alcohol on his breath.

Martinez said the detective then asked Montoya, Sr., to drop the beverage, which he refused to do. When the detective attempted to grab his arm, Montoya, Sr., resisted and the two fell to the ground in a scuffle. Montoya, Sr., attempted to punch the detective, who then tasered him.

Montoya, Sr., then said, "OK, I’m done," to the detective and later apologized for his actions, Martinez said. During a search of the vehicle, a glass methamphetamine pipe was also found. Montoya, Sr., was arrested and booked into jail on the NCIC warrant, the drug charges, possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

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Armundo Montoya is the last of the four suspects still at large for an NCIC drug distribution arrest warrant.

"The Sheriff’s Office is very proactive in arresting those that have NCIC warrants," Martinez said. "We want to see them brought to justice."