Narcotics charges have been filed against two brothers who were arrested last week after drug raids on three Salt Lake homes.
Police said Arturo and Raul Espinoza, 23-year-old twins and Mexican nationals, were charged in a complaint signed by 3rd Circuit Court Judge Eleanor Van Sciver with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one count each of possession of a weapon by a restricted person. Bail was set for both men at $500,000.Six other Mexican nationals were arrested during the same raids Wednesday and have been booked into Salt Lake County Jail, said Salt Lake City Metro Narcotics Strike Force Detective Bill McCarthy.
The two men charged Friday had both been arrested and deported from the United States before, said McCarthy, explaining the high bail.
"The judge just said she didn't like them coming back to the United States illegally and causing trouble," he said.
During the raids, police confiscated firearms, 24 small portions of potent Mexican black tar heroin and cocaine, McCarthy said.
"All three houses were interrelated," he said. "People frequented each of them and would often go from one house to the other."
About 23 narcotics detectives from Adult Probation and Parole, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, South Salt Lake, Murray and West Valley City participated in the raids.