DEA raids Daybreak home with ties to prescription pill operation

Posted at 5:32 PM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 23:40:42-05

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah -- A large drug operation was uncovered in South Jordan Friday morning after agents raided a Daybreak home near 10880 South Indigo Sky Way.

We know at least four people have been arrested in this massive prescription pill operation, and the DEA says more will be taken into custody.

“What concerns us is the fact these rogue operations are so easily hidden,” said Brian Besser, District Agent in Charge for the DEA in Utah.

Tucked away in this quiet Daybreak community is the link to a massive drug ring.

“These operations are very dangerous; we consider them to be one of the most volatile environments we send our officers into,” Besser said.

Friday morning just after 8, more than a dozen armed agents stormed the Daybreak home.

“I saw a lot of commotion, a lot of unmarked cars—the cars were blocked off by South Jordan Police,” said Arnold Lingwall, a resident who lives in that neighborhood.

Besser said agents found: “A local drug trafficking organization responsible for the illicit manufacturer of counterfeit oxycodone pills and counterfeit Xanax pills and bulk amounts of high grade cannabis."

In this operation agents siezed cash, firearms and drugs but don't have final numbers yet.

“Most of the pill press operations we've encountered are processing thousands of pills an hour,” Besser said.

At least one man was arrested in South Jordan. Neighbors say he was renting the home and often had new luxury cars.

“It's a very nice, close-knit family, very friendly, we even played tennis together—but my husband had a gut feeling something wasn't right,” said Lisette Mcewan, a next door neighbor.

While unnerving to see this in their neighborhood, residents aren’t surprised.

“I suppose if you're going to do something like this, this would be a great neighborhood to do it in. Hide and be unsuspected,” Lingwall said.

The investigation is ongoing, so the DEA is not releasing any more information at this time.