Undercover agents foil alleged $80,000 drug sale in Pleasant View

Saturday , January 31, 2015 - 9:14 AM

Standard-Examiner staff

PLEASANT VIEW — Undercover Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force agents arrested a man who had met with them at a Pleasant View gas station to make an $80,000 meth sale Thursday, the agency has said in a press release.

Police later searched the home of Carlos Jesus Inzunza Rodriguez in West Valley City and reportedly seized several more pounds of meth. In all, more than $600,000 worth of drugs and $4,000 in cash were seized from Rodriguez, police said.

Strike force agents were working on the investigation into Rodriguez in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ogden Police Department and West Valley City Police Department

“Agents were able to learn that Rodriguez reportedly obtained large amounts of methamphetamine directly from Mexican Drug Cartels and facilitated the transport of the drugs to Utah, where he distributed it for profit,” strike force Lt. Troy Burnett said in a press release Friday. “Rodriguez based this operation out of this his residence in West Valley City.”

Rodriguez allegedly met with the undercover agents at the Pleasant View gas station to sell seven pounds of meth.

“Rodriguez was very surprised and shocked that he had been dealing with law enforcement all along,” Burnett said.

Rodriguez, 31, is being held in the Weber County Jail on suspicion of felony drug distribution charges. Federal charges are being screened with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Rodriguez is allegedly in the United States illegally. 

A powerfully addictive drug known as “Krokodil” may have been found at Rodriguez’s home, Burnett said. The substance is currently being tested, he said.

“If it is confirmed (as ”Krokodil“), it will be of great concern to our agency with such a dangerous drug being available in our communities in such a large supply,” Burnett said.

Krokodil, viewed as a cheaper alternative to heroine, is known to severely erode skin tissue.

Contact reporter Ben Lockhart at 801-625-4221 or blockhart@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Lockhart. Like his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blockhartSE.

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