Jose Olegario Lopez was arrested in a car with his 16-year-old son along with pounds of cocaine and meth, Fox 13 reported.
Authorities say a man arrested with 19 pounds of narcotics in a car in Utah County has eight prior violations for re-entering the country illegally.
According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, detectives working on a tip about narcotics trafficking stopped a car Saturday driven by 44-year-old Jose Olegario Lopez, who they said resides in Salt Lake City.
Police arrested the man and found a small amount of cocaine in his pocket. After a K-9 indicated the presence of drugs in the car and a warrant was secured, investigators said they located 2.35 pounds of cocaine and 16.7 pounds of methamphetamine in the vehicle.
That amounts to more than 10,500 doses of cocaine valued at more than $106,000, according to the sheriff’s office, and 75,000 doses of meth worth more than $750,000 at street prices.
Lopez’s 16-year-old child was in the car, but detectives believe he was not involved with the possession or distribution of drugs. The juvenile was released into the custody of his mother, who police said was not involved in the drug activity.
Police issued a press release about the arrest, Fox 13 reported.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said Jose Olegario Lopez is from the state of Sinaloa. Cannon said that ICE agents informed investigators that he had been deported from the U.S. eight different times.
“Lopez has connections to drug trafficking operations outside of Utah and is known to regularly bring drugs into Utah,” a press release stated.
On the same day in a separate case, Cannon stated that detectives with the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force stopped a car that had 23 pounds of methamphetamine, valued over $1 million.
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