Ogden man charged with making 18 drug deals in 18 days

Friday , July 11, 2014 - 1:18 PM

Tim Gurrister

OGDEN — A 24-year-old Ogden man has been jailed on 19 felony counts alleging drug trafficking in prescription pain killers, cocaine and spice.

Bail has been set at $195,000 for Carvin Holston Jr., who was booked into Weber County Jail Thursday afternoon.

His case filed in 2nd District Court this week includes 18 second-degree felony distribution counts and one first-degree felony charge of engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity, also known as racketeering.

A second-degree felony carries a one-to-15-year prison term, while a first-degree felony can mean 5-years-to-life.

Charging documents list 18 different drug transactions brokered by Holston during a period a little over two weeks long, all in the Ogden area, per the investigation by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force. The strike force was assisted by the FBI as well as the Ogden Police Department and Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

The transactions were monitored through an April 21 court-ordered wire tap of Holston’s phone, according to the affidavit for Holston’s arrest.

The court files detail mostly deals for prescription painkillers, typically at $20 a pill, for five to 20 pills at a time. Most popular was Percocet/oxycodone, sometimes referred to as “roxy” or “percs.” Some of the transactions just describe the sale of “blue pills for a white guy.”

The drug deals between April 25 and May 13 include the purchase by Holston of an ounce of cocaine for $1,380, according to the affidavit.

“Tickets have been identified through this investigation as a code word for drugs, specifically pills,” it noted.

Arraignment is set for Monday before 2nd District Judge Mark DeCaria.

Contact reporter Tim Gurrister at 801-625-4238, tgurrister@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @tgurrister

Sign up for e-mail news updates.