For what ever reason, the Clipper story entitled “Strike force arrests illegals” is not on their website (or I just can’t find it). Here is an excerpt (emphasis mine):
[Lt. Allan] Swanson couldn’t say how much heroin was involved because with four apartments, most of it was flushed down the toilets before being confiscated by law enforcement.
He said the raid “disrupted” sales of heroin in the area, but added that when such large arrests are made, within a matter of weeks, another group of illegal immigrants arrive on scene to pick up the trade. “Hopefully, it won’t be to our area next time,” the lieutenant said.
He said several of those arrested have been deported previously, and one of them has been deported seven times.
The revolving door at the border strikes again. Fourteen illegal immigrant dealers were busted along with the apartment manager. The next problem Bountiful (and adjacent areas) faces is that there is a nearby demand for heroin that needs to be addressed, otherwise, another group will (probably has) set up shop in the area.
It would also be nice to know if any identity theft had occurred as drug rings frequently engage in it as a supplementary “business”, particularly where illegal immigrants (who need and provide a large market for false identification) are involved.