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Couple accused of running drug operation out of home

Officials say this bust was part of Operation Rio Grande

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A couple is facing charges after officials busted them for allegedly running a drug operation out of their home.

Officials say a search warrant was served on the couple's home "based on narcotic and other criminal behavior directly resulting from intelligence gathered through Operation Rio Grande."

They say Chris Espinoza,50 and his wife Sonya Espinoza,52, had more than $53,000, 12 grams of meth, half a pound of heroin, one gram of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia in their home.

“Through diligent police work by DPS officers and our partnering agencies, we are disrupting drug dealers and their operations,” said Commissioner Keith D. Squires of the Department of Public Safety. This was one of seven DPS warrants as a result of Operation Rio Grande.

Chris Espinoza was booked on a probation violation and charged with two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, possession with the intent to distribute and child endangerment. His wife, Sonya Espinoza, was charged with child endangerment and other pending charges. 

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available.


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