Update: Cops say value of drugs seized in Emery County bust totaled $64K

Frank Burgess, age 41; Travis Heaton, age 50; Amber Huffmon, 29; Brandy Burgess, age 38, were arrested Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Elmo, Emery County, Utah. Photos: Emery County Sheriff's Office

EMERY COUNTY, Utah, June 20, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have released the total value of the drugs seized after four suspects were arrested in Elmo, in Emery County, on Tuesday morning.

According to a news release from the Emery County Sheriff’s Office, the arrests were made after a routine field check by Adult Probation and Parole agents led to the serving of a search warrant by the county’s drug task force.

Agents were checking on probationer Amber Huffmon when they observed drug paraphernalia in the residence, the news release said.

Hiding in a back room were three other people, the news release says. They “made enough noise to draw the attention of AP&P agents, who then called ECSO Dispatch Center and requested back up from Emery County deputies.”

The Emery County Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant, and officers found “substantial amounts of methamphetamine and heroin along with small amounts of cocaine and marijuana,” the news release states.

Four firearms, a large amount of cash, packaging materials, scales and paraphernalia also were found.

A follow-up news release Thursday morning said evidence has now been processed and the estimated street value of drugs seized is $64,000.

Each suspect is facing multiple charges, and Judge Steven Stream set bail in the following amounts: Brandy Burgess, 38, $81,000; Frank Burgess, 41, $82,950; Travis Heaton, 50, $91,680; and Amber Huffmon, 29, $90,360.

They are facing preliminary charges of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, possession with intent to distribute, and paraphernalia.

Other charges may be filed as the investigation is ongoing.

Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk released a prepared statement:

“This bust is a big one for our area. This residence has been on our radar for a while now. It is important that Emery County citizens contact our office if they notice suspicious activities in their neighborhoods. If you see something, say something. You can remain anonymous.”

He also thanked the agencies involved in the arrest: AP&P, Utah Highway Patrol, Emery County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Emery County Drug Task Force.

“They all worked together on this,” Funk added. “I am hopeful that the judges will do their part in imposing proper charges and sentencing.”

To report suspicious activity, please call the Emery County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center at 435-381-2404.


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