A keen eye and quick action by Tremonton Police Sgt. Kathy Pommier resulted in two arrests and the confiscation of $20,000 in street value worth of chemicals and marijuana plants.
Pommier was driving on West Main Street shortly before midnight last Saturday night when she spotted a van circling Goodman's Fleet Service with its headlights off. Thinking a burglary was in progress, she pulled her vehicle behind the van and saw marijuana plants in the back of the van.With the assistance of UHP trooper Robert Howe, who was a former Tremonton Police officer, Pommier arrested two Tremonton men on investigation of cultivation of marijuana.
Police Chief Steve Hodges said a search of the building and surrounding area netted chemicals and equipment used in making methamphetamines and seven grown potted marijuana plants. One firearm was also recovered.
"We have information that (the drugs) were being distributed locally as well as being shipped out of the area," Hodges said.
In addition to Tremonton police, law enforcement officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Tri-County Narcotics Strike Force, Box Elder County Sheriff's Department and the Utah Clandestine Laboratory Response Team assisted in the operation.
Tremonton Fire Department and ambulance were dispatched due to the volatile and toxic nature of the chemicals.