Utah ‘strike force’ arrests 4 men, now charged with 17 felonies

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Aug. 24, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Attorney General’s office has announced the arrest of four subjects charged with 17 felonies.

The arrests are the result of a three-month investigation by the AG’s SECURE Strikeforce, a statement from the office says.

On Wednesday, two search warrants were simultaneously served in Summit County and Wasatch County by investigators from multiple jurisdictions.

“Those arrested were involved with identity theft, possessing fraudulent government documents, and had a pattern of unlawful behavior with dealing several types of controlled substances,” said Police Chief Leo Lucey, of the Utah Attorney General’s Office, in a prepared statement.

Taken into custody were:

• Pedro Carlon-Rangel, 40, booked on five counts of distribution of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony; identity fraud exceeding a value of $5,000, a second-degree felony; pattern of unlawful activity, a third-degree felony; forgery, a third-degree felony; and possession of a controlled substance schedule III, IV, V, a class A misdemeanor

• Francisco Javier Alvarez-Arreola, 35, booked on charges of identity fraud exceeding $5,000, forgery and possession of a forgery writing device, a third-degree felony

• Rodrigo Alvarez-Arreola, who turned 31 on Friday, was booked on Identity fraud with value exceeding $5,000, forgery, and possession of a forgery writing device

• Juan Pablo Alvarez-Arreola, 28, booked on identity fraud exceeding $5,000, and forgery

During the operation, officials seized 17 fraudulent government documents along with methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Those arrested were undocumented and have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office partnered with several agencies in the operation including police departments from Park City, Heber City, Ogden, Orem, and Bountiful; sheriff’s departments from Summit, Wasatch, Davis and Weber counties;  Back-Net Task Force, DPS, HSI, and ICE/ERO.

The mandate of the SECURE Strikeforce is to investigate crimes where undocumented residents are the victims or perpetrators of major felony crimes involving identity theft, fraudulent documents, and human trafficking.


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