OGDEN -- Authorities have arrested a 51-year-old man suspected of running a heroin-distribution operation from an Ogden motel room.
Agents with the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force served a search warrant on a room at the Millstream Motel, 1450 Washington Blvd., on Monday afternoon and arrested Kevin James Garner and two others.Officials also recovered 152 balloons of heroin and eight balloons of cocaine inside the room, for a total value of about $3,560, said Strike Force Commander Lt. Darin Parke.
"This was a good-sized arrest," he said. "We estimate he was dealing about $10,000 worth of heroin and cocaine there a week."
Earlier that day, agents had followed Garner to and from the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City before executing the warrant when he returned to the motel.
Authorities said they believe Garner may have gone to the undisclosed location for drug-related purposes.
More arrests connected to this case could follow as the investigation unfolds, Parke said.
Authorities believe Garner may have been dealing methamphetamine as well, but did not find any in Garner's possession during the bust.
Parke said surveillance showed a constant flow of foot traffic to and from the hotel room and that Garner had used the location to deal drugs "for a while."
Kim Marston, 51, whose address is also listed at the motel, was also arrested and booked on a felony count of possession of a user's amount of heroin, as well as charges of parole violation, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to a police officer.
Jonathan Bennett, 29, of Roy, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of a user's amount of methamphetamine, as well as a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bennett was also booked on two outstanding warrants.
The strike force confiscated such suspected paraphernalia as burned spoons, aluminum foil and syringes inside the room.
An agent who interviewed Garner wrote he was cooperative during the bust.
"I asked Kevin how many balloons he purchases and sells daily and he stated more than 100 balloons," the agent wrote in the report.
The strike force later searched an Ogden shop and found a gun hidden under a seat inside a vehicle.
Garner told agents he was trying to restore a vehicle at the shop and that the gun belongs to him, the probable cause states.
Garner has been formally charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, both first-degree felonies, and another felony count of possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Garner makes an initial appearance today in 2nd District Court on those charges.