In the last two weeks, agents with the Cache Rich Drug Task Force executed four separate search warrants that led to the seizure of weapons, drug paraphernalia, drugs — and a sizable collection of cookies, brownies, caramels, suckers and other treats all made with hash oil.
As a result, 13 adults and one teen have been arrested. One child was placed in protective custody.
“It’s just been kind of odd this last two weeks,” said Logan Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis. “They usually do warrants, but they don’t come out of there with pounds of marijuana and guns.”
The Cache Rich Drug Task Force is made up of officers from both the Logan City Police Department and the Cache County Sheriff’s Office.
Two men were taken into custody Jan. 2 after agents executed a search warrant on a home and reportedly confirmed suspicions about activities involving the use of methamphetamine in the home. As a result, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, surveillance cameras and drug product were seized. Police say they also seized firearms as a result of the warrant.
Agents executed another search warrant the following day at another residence in Logan, where the occupants were suspected of marijuana distribution.
Police say they had reason to believe there were several firearms in the home, so SWAT was called up to execute the warrant.
Four adults were inside the residence during the warrant service, Curtis said. He said a search of the residence revealed copious amounts of drug paraphernalia, three rifles, one handgun, marijuana and a large amount of marijuana hash.
After additional investigation, agents located two additional male suspects who are tenants of the residence, Curtis said. Additional drugs were located, he said, including 1 pound of marijuana and numerous medical marijuana products like brownies, cookie, suckers and caramels.
Curtis said many of these items were brought to Utah from California, where marijuana can be legally purchased.
“It is sold in California for medicinal purposes,” Curtis said. “If you have a medical card, you can go buy those. They (the dealers) go and buy there in large amounts, bring it back with them and sell it for a higher price.”
The strike force has not seen a lot of this in Cache Valley yet. However, since marijuana was recently legalized in Colorado and Washington, Curtis said they are watching.
“We’ll just have to watch and see how it affects us,” he said.
Five days later, on Jan. 8, agents executed another search warrant in Logan that led to a sizable seizure of illegal drugs, police say. At that location, the suspects were believed to be distributing methamphetamine.
Agents reportedly confiscated $1,000 in cash, multiple glass pipes, digital scales, multiple plastic bags for packaging and over an ounce of methamphetamine.
Two adults were arrested and a child was placed in protective custody by the Division of Child and Family Services.
The most recent drug bust was Tuesday, when agents executed a search warrant at a residence for suspected use and distribution of marijuana. Inside the home, the search revealed nearly 2 ounces of marijuana and multiple items of paraphernalia including plastic bags for packaging and digital scales, Curtis said. Three male adults and one female juvenile were taken into custody.
Curtis said none of the four cases were related. All of the suspects were booked into the Cache County Jail and charged accordingly.