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A Utah man is accused of leading a major drug smuggling operation after authorities seized heroin, cocaine, fentanyl pills and stolen firearms from a storage unit in his name, prosecutors said.
Innocent Ramirez, 38, of West Valley City, was charged Sept. 2 in a federal criminal complaint with drug possession with intent to distribute and possession of firearms in pursuit of a felony trafficking in dope.
Law enforcement began investigating Ramirez’s alleged drug smuggling operation last month, according to allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit.
During the investigation, Ramirez delivered a pound of methamphetamine to officers via a confidential informant at a local home, KSL reported. Investigators then located Ramirez’s residence and the storage unit in Salt Lake City where Ramirez stored his narcotics.
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Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s Salt Lake City storage unit and West Valley City home. From the storage unit, law enforcement seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine, 33 pounds of heroin, 13 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 fentanyl tablets and 17 firearms – two of which were stolen, according to a Ministry of Justice press release.
During the search of Ramirez’s home, law enforcement seized two firearms, drug packaging material and drug paraphernalia, the DOJ said.
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Ramirez was arrested and appeared in court earlier this month. He faces 10 years or more in prison if convicted.