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More than 5,100 lbs. of drugs pulled off of Utah streets in 2017

More than 5,100 lbs. of drugs pulled off of Utah streets in 2017 (Photo: Utah DPS)

(KUTV) - The year-end numbers are in and according to the Department of Public Safety drug bust across the state by Troopers and Agents has netted millions of dollars worth of drugs.

In all - more than 5100 pounds of drugs were pulled off the streets which included everything from Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana.

“It’s been a busy year for the Department of Public Safety,” said Col. Brian Reed with DPS. “We are using a lot of overtime, we are working our people really hard.”

According to DPS here's what they ended up pulling off the streets for 2017, which included finding marijuana inside 226 vehicles that were carrying narcotics.

  • 4,550 pounds of Marijuana.
  • Over 550 pounds of meth.
  • 100 pounds of Cocaine...
  • 46 pounds of Heroin...and 1100 pills.

"It is alarming when we do see those level of methamphetamines coming through our state we just know that it’s readily available and we are trying to do everything we can to make a positive impact make our community safer,” said Lt. Jared Garcia with DPS.

Garcia says the totals are about what they were for last year, except for Cocaine which he says has more than doubled compared to last year.

A lot of that has to do with Operation Rio Grande, which included dozens of UHP troopers helping to clean up the crime around the homeless centers in downtown Salt Lake City.

“It definitely did impact our department. We had deployed our teams down into the area,” said Lt. Garcia.

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