PROVO— Police arrested a Salt Lake man who they say was transporting drugs with a street value of more than three-quarters of a million dollars.
Jose Olegario Lopez, 44, of Salt Lake City, was arrested Saturday for investigation of drug distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia, failing to stop for law enforcement and child endangerment.
Lopez was already the subject of an investigation by the Utah County Special Enforcement Team and Utah County Major Crimes Task Force, according to a Utah County Jail booking report.
"During the investigation it was found that Jose sells extremely large quantities of illicit controlled narcotics," the report states. "Also during the investigation, it was found Jose was leaving the state for an unknown reason. Jose was followed, he made an overnight trip to California."
Officers attempted to pull Lopez over near Benjamin in Utah County but he kept driving, the report states.
"Jose was eventually boxed in by other detectives in unmarked vehicles and forced to come to a stop. The actions of Jose put countless innocent civilians’ lives in danger," according to the report.6 comments on this story
A K-9 from the Spanish Fork Police Department was brought to the scene and indicated something was in the trunk, according to a statement from the Utah County Attorney's Office. In the trunk, officers found a sealed box that contained vacuum-sealed bags of drugs. Investigators seized more than 16 pounds of meth and 2 pounds of cocaine that, in total, had an estimated street value of $850,000, the sheriff's office stated.
Lopez's 16-year-old son was also in the car. He was released to his mother, who was not believed to be involved in the trafficking, according to police.
"ICE agents confirmed that (Lopez) has a record of eight aggravated re-entry violations," police stated.
A judge ordered that he be held without bail pending his court proceedings.