Deputies arrest pair following traffic stop, discovery of meth

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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.

Utah County Sheriff's Office said 9.7 pounds of meth were found in car during a traffic stop on August 1, 2018. Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Office

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. 

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