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Utah Co. traffic stop nets 9.7 lbs. of meth; mom had 2-year-old in car

Posted at 4:54 PM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 19:02:06-04

BENJAMIN, Utah — Two people were arrested and a 2-year-old girl is in the custody of a relative after deputies discovered 9.7 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Utah County Wednesday night.

According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy stopped a car for traveling 100 mph on northbound I-15 near Benjamin, Utah on Wednesday night.

A K-9 officer was called to the scene and gave a positive indication for narcotics in the car, a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $440,000 and, if they had been divided for sale, could have provided as many as 35,000 individual doses, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Melisa Marquez-Barrios, 22, and Oscar Cortez-Felix, 20 – both of Ogden – each face a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute in a drug-free zone and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone.

“In this case the drug distribution and paraphernalia charges were enhanced to drug free zone because Marquez-Barrios had her 2 year old daughter in the car with her,” the news release said.

Cortez-Felix has been placed under an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold because he’s believed to be in the United States illegally, the news release said.

The bail amount for Marquez-Barrios  and Cortez-Felix was set at $50,000 – cash only –  each.