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Dozens arrested, thousands of dollars in heroin seized in drug trafficking bust

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Posted at 3:00 PM, May 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-13 20:17:46-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — A large drug trafficking organization brought down by police resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of thousands of doallars in heroin, officials said Tuesday.

Detectives from Unified Police Department in partnership with the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force served search warrants for 15 locations throughout Salt Lake and Utah Counties. The warrants were a result of an investigation conducted over the past several weeks.

Police say the investigation was initiated in response to the high volume of heroin being distributed by drug runners across the Salt Lake Valley, which then flowed into Utah and Davis Counties.

During the investigation police identified multiple locations that were involved in the drug trafficking operation, police say.

From May 8-12 detectives served 15 warrants with the assistance of several police and law enforcement agencies in Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Taylorsville, Holladay and Lehi.

Police made 11 drug trafficking arrests and 40 buyers/consumers were arrested or cited.

The search warrants yielded six pounds of heroin with a street value of $120,000, the seizure of 11 vehicles, $82,000 in cash and 12 firearms were recovered.

The following were arrested and booked on drug trafficking charges:

Victor Peres-Cardenas, age 20

Jose Arciniega-Nuno, age 31

Jose Cordero-Olvera, age 29

Enrique Ojeda, age 24

Luis Mercedes-Padilla, age 32

Alejandro Perez-Cardenas, age 25

Carlos Santiago-Castaneda, age 28

Luis Perez-Hermandez, age 56

Humberto Perez-Oliver, age 25

Manuel Robles-Cazares, age 23