Federal prosecutors say 25 people have been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in a pair of federal indictments unsealed in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court.
In a news release late Friday, prosecutors say most of the defendants in the two cases were arrested late Wednesday in Utah, Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch counties. All of those arrested have made initial court appearances.
The cases are the result of a joint investigation that began in November 2009 by state and federal officers, including the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Officials hope this bust sends a message to both drug dealers and the public.
“Hope this sends a message not only to drug dealers but also hope the public is aware, we are out there and working very hard to clean up the streets and rid our streets of drugs,” said Debbie Dujanovic with the Salt Lake Division of the FBI.
Twenty individuals are charged in the first indictment and five in the second.
Both indictments allege the individuals conspired to distribute methamphetamine.
If convicted, each person faces a federal prison term of 10 years to life.