Two Hispanic businesses in West Valley City were apparently selling a little more than what was displayed on the stores' main floors.
Acting on a tip, the Salt Lake City Police Department's narcotics unit with assistance from West Valley police served search warrants at about 2 p.m. Thursday at Los Dos Gallos, 1870 W. 3500 South, and Tropical Ritmo, which is next door. Nine grams of cocaine, packaging material, a handgun, a magazine full of ammunition and $30,000 cash was seized, said Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Bedard.
The owner of the stores, Marco Antonio Vargas-Perez, 36, was arrested for investigation of drug possession with intent to distribute and a restricted person in possession of a firearm.
Vargas-Perez also admitted to investigators to being in the United States illegally, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.