Investigators: Drug trafficking suspect has been deported 8 times

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UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – The Utah County Sheriff’s Office shared more information about an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

Detectives said a man recently arrested on the suspicion of drug trafficking was living in the United States illegally and had been deported eight different times.

On January 12, the detectives with the Utah County Special Enforcement Team arrested 44-year-old Jose Olegario Lopez. Detectives recovered $850,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine following a search of his car.

Lopez’s 16-year-old son was in the car at the time. Detectives didn’t believe the teenager to be involved with his father in the possession or distribution of the drugs.

Lopez was booked into jail on two first-degree felony charges of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents placed a hold on Lopez and a judge ordered that he held without bail. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Lopez is from the State of Sinaloa in Mexico.

Investigators say Lopez has connections to drug trafficking operations outside of Utah and is known to regularly bring drugs into the state.

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