OGDEN — Three men were arrested Thursday after a confidential informant led police to a meth deal in an Ogden parking lot.
All three — Juan Antonio Avila, 19; Jorge Andrade, 27; and Carlos Delmazo Valdez, 18 — were booked in the Weber County Jail Thursday, and each were charged with one count of distribution of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony.
Valdez is also charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony. Avila was also charged with six counts of possession of a weapon by a restricted person and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, all third-degree felonies.
The three arrests were the culmination of work by the Weber Metro Narcotic Strike Force and a confidential informant, according to charging documents.
Police say the driver, who they allege was Andrade, took the informant from Salt Lake City to Ogden to purchase roughly 6 pounds of methamphetamine. The informant was allegedly driven by Andrade to the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant just off 21st Street in West Haven.
Later, a Volkswagen arrived in the parking lot and the informant was allegedly told by Andrade that the meth transaction would be made in the other vehicle. What Andrade and others didn’t know was that narcotics officers were waiting nearby.
The informant got into the Volkswagen and reviewed the 6-pound meth package allegedly given to him by two people, who police allege were Valdez and Avila. The informant then gave the “take down” signal to agents, who quickly moved in and arrested all three men, according to charging documents.
Avila allegedly told police that Andrade was the one that arranged the drug deal. Andrade invoked his right to remain silent and did not give a statement to police.
Avila also told police that he had more meth and guns in his home in Syracuse, according to charging documents. A search warrant was approved to search Avila’s home, where police allegedly found six guns and more meth. Avila allegedly told police that he deals meth.
Charging documents allege that Avila was born in Texas, but was raised in Mexico. Police learned he was in Mexico within the past three weeks, and believe he could flee the country if granted release. Police also allege that Avila has over $200,000 in bank accounts.
Avila and Andrade are being held without bail at the Weber County Jail. Valdez posted a $15,000 bond Friday and is no longer in jail custody.
All three have been assigned initial appearance dates in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. Andrade and Avila have their initial appearances set for Monday, Feb. 11, and Valdez’s initial appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13.