“I don't think it’s anything different that occurs on a daily basis,” says Lt. Jared Garcia.’
Last week, after a routine stop authorities netted 12 pounds of illegal mushr0oms and guns and ammo from the owner of the vehicle.
“They were trafficking those narcotics from outside of the state into our state and were selling it on the street level," says Lt. Garcia. “We just want citizens of Utah to know troopers are actively looking for people that are involved in criminal activity.”
During the five week stretch troopers confiscated one thousand pounds of illegal drugs. Of that 882 lbs. were marijuana. Methamphetamines and pscilocybin mushrooms were also found in vehicles troopers pulled over.
“We just want citizens of Utah to know troopers are actively looking for people that are involved in criminal activity,” he says. “We know that narcotics are trafficked through our state to other destination cities and we just want to make a difference.”
UHP says it's hasn't set up any roadblocks or started a drug campaign to seize illegal drugs. But they say the busts happen after a trooper pulls a car over.
“During the course of those stops there are times when we identify criminal activity and they are trained to investigate those incidents a little bit further,” says Lt. Garcia. “We're not going to allow narcotics be trafficked through Utah without giving it a strong effort. to locate those narcotics.”
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