This is not the first run-in between him and the strike force. Agents served a search warrant on his Roy home in July 2008, where they seized one pound of methamphetamine and a firearm, according to a news release. He was federally indicted, but fled to Mexico, the release adds.
The strike force eventually learned he had come back and re-established his methamphetamine distribution operation in the area of Boise, Idaho, supplying the drugs to Idaho and northern Utah once they were smuggled in from Mexico, according to the release. Lt. Troy Burnett, commander of the strike force, added that he received the drugs from the Sinaloa cartel.
The strike force and the FBI teamed up and, after an extensive investigation, learned the man planned to meet his distributors in Tremonton on Thursday to hand over a large quantity of methamphetamine, according to the release. But on Thursday, he showed up and instead found a team of agents waiting for him. The man was taken into custody, and investigators found more than four pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $100,000, in his vehicle, the release adds.
He was booked into the Weber County jail on a federal warrant stemming from the 2008 raid. Law enforcement will also seek federal charges from the bust on Thursday.
The man's distributors were based in Ogden and in turn supplied drugs to Weber and Davis counties, Burnett said.
The seizure of those drugs will have a significant effect on methamphetamine sales in northern Utah, according to the strike force. But the reprieve will be a short lived one, the release adds.