WEST VALLEY CITY A man who police say would trade drugs for cash and other merchandise, most of it stolen, was arrested Thursday by West Valley police.
Now, investigators want to find out who was supplying this street dealer.
For several months, police had been conducting an investigation into a house near 1600 West and 2700 South, after receiving complaints of constant in-and-out traffic at all hours, said West Valley police Capt. Tom McLachlan.
A SWAT team served a search warrant at the home Thursday about 2 a.m. A 57-year-old man was arrested without incident. Inside, investigators found 10 firearms, two of them stolen, a small quantity of methamphetamine and between 500 to 700 prescription painkillers. A couple of stolen vehicles were parked in front of the house, McLachlan said.
Detectives believe the man would trade the powerful pain meds for whatever merchandise people brought to his house. They don't believe, however, that he was stocking his illegal prescription painkiller business by robbing pharmacies or raiding medicine cabinets.
"We think there may be a third party involved," McLachlan said.
The investigation into who was supplying the man continued Friday.The man was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of two counts of possession of stolen firearms, two counts of possession of stolen vehicles, drug distribution, possession of meth and altering a vehicle identification number.