Heroin bust possibly largest ever for Utah

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  • thegoldengriff Highland, UT
    July 21, 2013 6:43 p.m.

    This was a great job done by our law enforcement agencies. But from a former drug user, the "90" pounds that was seized has already been replaced. The drug problem in Utah is far larger than anyone is really accepting or understanding. I commend the officers for the work done, and I wish that busts like this would actually make the drug trade cease to be. But, they wont, these busts will slow them down at most. Be mindful that there is a whole network rooted deep here in the state that makes the illegal drug trade possible. I used heroin for five and a half years and can tell you from experience that if there is a ever a demand there will always be a supply. The illegal drug trade is a plague that is ruining our families, our society from the inside out. I have seen friends die, I have watched acquaintances drop like flies from my life. The only way, and i mean this is the only way, to stop the drug trade is for the addict to stop his/her use. Impossible as it may seem, it's the truth. Again thank you to the officers involved.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    July 20, 2013 3:09 a.m.

    I am so happy for the excellent law enforcement we have in our communities, state, and nation! These police officers deserve a pat on the back, a high five, and our thank yous for their hard work!

    Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect the freedoms we hold dear. They work hard to ensure that people who are dishonest, corrupt, and dealing in this stuff are taken off the streets.

    They work hard to protect our children and teenagers from these people. I hope they continue the great work!

    Go up to a police officer sometime and tell them how much you appreciate them. Maybe take a plate of cookies or some cards, or volunteer sometime. Go up and see the new Public Service Building in Salt Lake City.

    Anyone who believes police officers just sit around, eat doughnuts, and have nothing to do here because of the low crime rate are severely misguided.

    Police officers are here to serve and protect the public. I am so grateful and appreciative of their efforts and hard work! I will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Spider Rico Greeley, CO
    July 19, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    The problem with decriminalizing the drugs is that more use. I am involved in criminal justice in Colorado and pot use among youngsters has jumped since legalization for adults. Same thing would happen with legalizing more illicit drugs.

  • Schwa South Jordan, UT
    July 19, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    This is all well and good, but you can't solve the drug addiction issue from the supply side.

  • rpm9 Lehi, UT
    July 19, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    The suggestion by law enforcement is that this bust will in a positive way affect the lives of people with negative outcomes from using heroin (like death). However, it is a leap in logic to assume that because there is less of it available for addicts, that fewer addicts will use it. What the war on drugs has taught us is that no matter how many drug busts the police make, as long as there is demand, there will continue to be supply. And how can you really fight demand when you threaten the addicts with criminal penalties for using heroin or other illicit drugs? Addicts are less likely to come out of the shadows as long as there are threats of criminal penalties for admitting their usage. So, while busts like this look good, where is the link between these busts and improving people's lives? A better public policy would be to follow Portugal's lead: continue fighting supply, but decriminalize usage. In this way we can fight and diminish demand and supply simultaneously and actually improve people's lives.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    July 19, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    Isn't it amazing that people still take heroin, tobacco, marijuana, and bath salts? The criminals were probably not too high up, but great work by our law enforcement. I suspect a lot of police in some states are in the drug racket.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    July 19, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Well proof again these folks are just doing work Americans won't do

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    July 19, 2013 6:46 a.m.

    Educators and school law enforcement have informed parents and teachers that youngsters head to Las Vegas from here in St. George to get "their" Heroin, and "extra" to sell to others. These are children from families of means with lots of money to spend.
    Could be one of the numerous reasons why there is always so much of it heading into the United States by smugglers.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    July 18, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    Another great job by our law enforcement heroes! Way to go guys. Hey I gotta great Idea. All the Cash that was seized should be split up and given to the officers who made the bust. Now that's what I call Justice!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 18, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Burying the lede in deference to political correctness, near the end, the story states:
    "they said the heroin was linked to a Mexican drug cartel."

    No one would say that all illegal aliens are drug smugglers, but it seems that a lot of drug smugglers are illegal aliens. That certainly justifies increased emphasis on securing our borders to stop the scourge of drug trafficking.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    Protect the border Barack!

  • Faded Glory Taylorsville, UT
    July 18, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    Some of those arrests took place this week just down the street from my house. To all the Law Enforcement Agencies involved I thank you!!! I know this required a great deal of work and inter agency cooperation in order to make this happen. Well done!