Utah traffic stops in 2017 yield 2.7 tons of contraband, 40 firearms

Illegal drugs confiscated by Utah Highway Patrol officers. Photo: Department of Public Safety.

Utah, Dec. 18, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The Department of Public Safety’s troopers and agents had a busy year across the state of Utah.

In 2017, the Department of Public Safety interdicted 226 vehicles trafficking a significant amount of narcotics into and through the state of Utah, according to a DPS statement.

These traffic stops have resulted in the seizure of more than:

  • 4,450 pounds of marijuana
  • 550 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 100 pounds of cocaine
  • 46 pounds of heroin
  • 1,100 pills
  • 40 firearms, taken from restricted people

Troopers and agents also have interdicted several individuals with stolen credit cards and financial documents, credit card skimmers, child predators, fugitives and homicide suspects. State Bureau of Investigations agents thoroughly investigate these cases to identify significant criminal activity and to ensure successful prosecution on each case.

In addition to the narcotics seizures, the Utah Highway Patrol Interdiction Team and SBI agents have played an integral role in Operation Rio Grande,” the statement says.

“DPS’ Utah Highway Patrol and State Bureau of Investigation continue to focus on all crimes, all threats, and all hazards during our interdiction efforts,” the statement says. “We believe these efforts help provide a safer environment for people of Utah, as well as people in other parts of the country.”


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