SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 29, 2016, (Gephardt Daily) — After weeks of intense undercover surveillance operations, police appear to be staging a major crackdown on drug dealers and buyers in Salt Lake City’s homeless district.
The police action began Thursday morning with officers conducting multiple arrests in the area adjacent to homeless shelters on Rio Grande street.
Sources close to the investigation told Gephardt Daily the crackdown is a part of multi-jurisdictional effort with law enforcement agencies throughout the Salt Lake Valley taking part in the operation.
The police action comes just days after five people were stabbed outside one of the shelters during a botched drug buy.
Earlier this month, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski hinted that a crackdown was imminent, saying a “unique” law enforcement effort would begin in late September or early October.
Gephardt Daily has a crew on the scene and will provide more information on this developing story as it becomes available.