Charges reveal how Northern Utah meth ring operated

Saturday , August 03, 2013 - 8:27 AM

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Bubba Brown

OGDEN — Charges filed against several people accused of heading one of the largest methamphetamine distribution rings in the area shed light on how the ring allegedly operated.

Timothy Nelson, 30, David Chacon, 31, Jalatt Siripathan, 39, and Shane Osborn, 44, were charged Thursday in 2nd District Court in Ogden with various felonies, and court documents identify them as the leaders of the drug operation.

According to probable cause affidavits, Nelson was the “primary source” of the meth and used Chacon as a go-between to transfer the drugs to Siripathan, who in turn delivered the meth to Osborn. Police say Osborn then broke up the meth into ounces and oversaw a large distribution network throughout northern Utah.

The probable cause affidavit for Osborn’s arrest said police determined Siripathan supplied Osborn with drugs at least 14 times between June 22 and July 21.

Police arrested the four Tuesday as part of a multi-agency bust that netted 14 total arrests and around $400,000 in cash and assets.

Court documents show Nelson was charged with engaging in a criminal enterprise, a first-degree felony. Chacon faces two second-degree felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Siripathan faces a first-degree felony count of engaging in a criminal enterprise and 16 second-degree counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Osborn was charged with a second-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, as well as possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, both class B misdemeanors.

According to a Wednesday news release from the Ogden Police Department, the investigation into the drug ring is ongoing and police are still trying to arrest others involved.

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