$800,000 drug bust nets heroin, meth, live grenades in Midvale

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MIDVALE, Utah - About $800,000 worth of drugs and a couple of live grenades are off the streets after a bust in Midvale.

Unified Police, the metro gang unit and the Utah County Major Crimes Taskforce seized 23.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 5.5 pounds of heroin, a stolen handgun (stolen from Spokane, Washington,) and two live grenades.

"In my 16 years of experience, and I have worked in several different units, I've heard a lot of talk in the underworld of grenades but never actually seen one that was a live grenade that was functional," Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell said. "These two were in fact functional."

Authorities were looking for Anthony Richard Aguilera who had several warrants out for his arrest.

Friday at about 9:45 p.m., detectives learned Aguilera had a room at the Staybridge Suites at 747 W. Blue Vista Ln. in Midvale.

Authorities were able to lure Aguilera to the front desk and arrested him without incident.

They linked Aguilera to the drug bust at a home in West Valley City back on Sept. 2.

That's when the same joint drug task force detectives arrested 38-year-old Candelario Delgado Soto.

Officers said he had $1 million worth of narcotics at his home, including bricks of uncut heroin, cocaine, cash and five vehicles with hidden compartments that included fake identification that lead them to Aguilera.

Soto is facing formal charges.

"Detectives feel like all these narcotics arrived in these five cars at that West Valley home and that methamphetamine and the five pounds of heroin went with Mr. Aguilera," Lt. Bell said.

Investigators found a suitcase under the bed in Aguilera's room that contained the heroin, meth, stolen gun and live grenades.

Officials have not confirmed what charges Aguilera could be facing.


  • Mike

    See…people can acquire things they shouldn’t have no matter what laws are in place. More gun laws won’t stop much of anything. This guy got a hold of two live grenades! There are laws against that, but he still got them.

    • Terrazzo

      See, he got the gun from Spokane which is a long walk from Tiajuna!

      Chalk one up for the good guys! Well done!

  • Janet Sinclair

    If only it would stop drug use altogether. If only every addict had a number to call and a place to go when she/he is out of dope, out of hope, and ready to quit. Drug rehab cannot be big business. It doesn’t work that way and those who get rich from selling drugs or from treating addicts for a huge fee, are committing a crime against the people.

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