SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Law enforcement officials in Salt Lake City have charged 15 people connected with GlenMob, a musical group they say serves as a front for a narcotics distribution ring.
John Huber, U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, announced the investigation and its findings at a Friday news conference where officials from other cooperating agencies, including the FBI and the Salt Lake City Police Department, also spoke.
“Over the last year, the good people of Salt Lake County, and in particular, the western portion of Salt Lake County, have cried out for help from law enforcement after a spate of senseless gang crimes,” Huber said.
“So, using intelligence, technology and this high level of professionalism that Utah offers its constituents, these law enforcement leaders here with me today designed this strategic operation focused on turning the tide back of violent crime, particularly in Salt Lake County.
“We are confident that in the wake of operations like this one that you are learning about today, there will be a palpable, positive impact on public safety in Utah.”
Those listed as defendants in the case are: Daniel Silva (aka Dmack), Abraham Sanchez, Angel Rivera, Sipriano Molina (aka Chippy), Cameron Lucas, Melissa Kelly, Kenneth Reyos, Dominic Trujillo, David Miramontes, Nick Vigil, Jesus Alvarado, Salvadore Tafolla, Juan Noriega (aka Casper), Tranqulino Reyos (aka Lino), and Fabian Uriel Tapia-Bustamante.
“The defendants herein did knowingly and intentionally conspire with others known and unknown to distribute 500 grams and more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine,” said a District Court document provided to the media by the U.S. Attorney — Utah District.
After years of decline or stability, violent crime numbers began to rise in 2015, Huber said. Rates increased 14 percent in 2015, he said, and newly released numbers show that rates rose 18 percent in 2016.
“That’s on top of the 14 percent,” Huber said of the 2016 number. “It’s very, very troubling, and Utah stands out in a bad way with that type of crime rate.”
Investigators began to notice that many people involved with violent crime also were involved with GlenMob, so the investigation became more focused.
Surveillance led to the discovery of phone and social media records, and the location of a “stash house” in Salt Lake City and a meth storage unit in Magna. Officers were able to set up a purchase of meth to further the case.
Authorities believe the drug trafficking operation leaders are Silva, aka “Dmack”, and Sanchez.
Huber said that all named in the charging document are on “temporary holding charges,” with formal charges pending.
To see a YouTube video of GlenMob, click on the player below: