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Feds blame drugs, criminal activity on undocumented immigrants

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A federal prosecutor lashed out at undocumented criminal immigrants as a cause of Utah’s drug problem.

U.S. Attorney John Huber offered the critical comments during a news conference to announce three major drug busts in Utah. 

“(This was) outrageous criminal conduct that involved dozens of criminal aliens that have no business in our country,” said Huber.

Among those arrested were 34 illegal immigrants from Honduras and Mexico. They were indicted for distributing heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. 

“One of them had been deported seven times, prior to this current arrest,” he told reporters.  “That’s ridiculous.”

In a show of force, local and federal law enforcement teamed up over the past year to bust three major drug operations in Utah.

In all, they seized 80 pounds of methamphetamine, 42 pounds of heroin, 4 pounds of cocaine and $761,774 in cash.

“The heroin alone (in one case) had a street value of a million dollars,” Huber said.

In a separate case, several Utahns were arrested for running a drug operation that stretched from St. George to Boise Idaho.  

Authorities claimed the alleged ringleader, Brenton Forney had close to half a million dollars in cash when he was arrested.

But federal prosecutors said the Mexican drug cartel-fueled their operation.

“These are extraordinary amounts,” Huber said.  “All of the drugs, all three of these operations come from Mexico.”

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