UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah) – A traffic stop lead to the discovery of nearly 10 pounds of methamphetamine and a call to Utah Division of Child and Family Services.
Utah County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday deputies stopped a car traveling nearly 100 mph on northbound Interstate 15 near Benjamin.
During a search of the car, deputies found two large bags which they said contained about 10 pounds of meth.
The driver, Melisa Marquez-Marrios, 22, and the passenger Oscar Cortez-Feliz, 20, both of Ogden, were arrested. The pair was booked into the Utah County Jail on distribution and paraphernalia charges.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also placed a hold on Cortez-Felix because he is believed to be in the United States illegally. Bail for both Marquez-Barrios and Cortez-Felix was set at $50,000.00 cash only.
Investigators said the drug distribution and paraphernalia charges were enhanced because Marquez-Barrios had her 2-year-old daughter in the car.
Deputies contacted the Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) about the toddler. DCFS was able to contact a relative who could take custody of the child.
The drugs, in this case, are estimated to have a street value of $440,000, according to officials.