A drop-in visit by police officers at a South Salt Lake residence led to the discovery of about $25,000 worth of methamphetamine and several fire-arms Wednesday.
Officers responded to a noise disturbance at 2860 S. Blair St. (380 East) at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. When they completed the call, officers walked back to a second residence on the property, a small home where some drug activity has taken place in the past, South Salt Lake Sgt. Beau Babka said. The second house appears to be a converted garage, he said."We were basically just doing a knock-and-talk, sort of a little pro-active police work. But they acted suspiciously toward us," Babka said. "When they let us in the home, we found about $20,000 to $25,000 worth of street level methamphetamine."
Some of the drugs were packaged for sale and some were still in disc-shaped lumps about the size of a hockey puck. All of the drugs were confiscated, Babka said. Police also discovered and confiscated two .9 mm Ruger handguns.
No one was arrested, but criminal charges are being screened against the residents of the home, a 34-year-old man and a woman, age unknown. A four-year-old child was also in the home, which could lead to enhanced charges against the adults, Babka said.
South Salt Lake has methamphetamine problems much like other Salt Lake valley communities, he added. This is the fourth lab discovered in the city in the past month.
More than 80 labs have been dismantled by local and federal law enforcement officials in the Salt Lake valley since January. The region is on pace to take down more than 200 labs before the end of the year, Drug Enforcement Agency special agent Don Mendrala said.