PARK CITY -- Utah authorities have arrested three people who they say were running a methamphetamine ring out of the ski resort town of Park City.
The arrests came at the conclusion of a three-month undercover investigation in which investigators used court-authorized wiretaps to listen to phone conversations between two men who are high-level operatives in the organization, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The Park City Police Department, which teamed up with Summit County Sheriff's and the Drug Enforcement Administration, announced the arrests Wednesday during a news conference.
The men arrested were a pair of 28-year-olds: Julio Cesar Perez-Vargas and Francisco Javier Romero-Barajas, Park City police said.
Park City police Chief Wade Carpenter said Wednesday that they led an operation that distributed meth across northern Utah. The drugs came in from Mexico through California.
The wiretaps proved vital to the case. At one point, authorities intercepted a message about a woman who was on her way to Utah to bring more meth. Agents seized a suitcase containing 2 pounds of meth on that bus.
On Saturday, agents found out that one of the men was coming to Utah with more meth to supply customers. Agents went to the hotel room where he was staying and found a pound of meth hidden in a diaper bag, authorities said.
Authorities also arrested Vanessa Barron-Ballardo, who was involved in the drug operation, they said.
Police said they seized 17 pounds of meth, $17,000 in cash and an SUV.
Authorities say more arrests are possible as the investigation continues.