Four indicted after police seize large quantities of drugs, cash in West Valley City

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Four indicted on drug charges

SALT LAKE CITY – Four men living in West Valley City have been indicted on drug trafficking charges, and officers searching a residence located nearly $700,000 worth of illegal drugs and more than $100,000 in cash.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, the four men charged in the 7-count indictment are 21-year-old Fausto Alejandro Galaviz-Gaxiola, 22-year-old Fernando Galaviz-Castro, 22-year-old Jesus Pina-Cantua, and Efrain Espinoza—whose age is unknown.

All four men are citizens of Mexico who have been living in West Valley City, and they were indicted on several charges relating to the possession and distribution of various illegal drugs.

Officers began investigating the men last year and made several controlled purchases before obtaining a search warrant on February 18, 2016. A search of a residence in West Valley City shared by three of the men turned up large amounts of drugs.

Police located about 4.8 kilograms of heroin with a street value of $480,000, 2.1 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $126,000, and an additional $103,764 in cash. A search of a car turned up 615 grams of cocaine valued at $61,500.

A search of another vehicle revealed $8,000 in cash hidden in a, “sophisticated, electronically operated compartment hidden on the front passenger side” of the car.

The four men have pleaded not guilty and will remain in custody pending a trial. Indictments are not findings of guilt, and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Six of the charges in the indictment carry a potential penalty of 10-year minimum sentences while the seventh carries a potential 40 year sentence with a five-year mandatory minimum.

The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $111,764 in U.S. currency and two vehicles.


  • Marcus M S M

    While decriminalization/legalization is necessary, it needs to be backed up with public health announcements explaining exactly why it is needed. Its not in any way condoning the abuse of addictors, it is done bc the alternative, the drug war, has made things infinitely worse on almost every level, to include making all drugs abundantly available to any & all that wants them. We need to pull LE out of the drug biz & that will free up a lot of resources currently chasing their collective tails. When the laws create more harm and cause more damage than they prevent, its time to change the laws. The $1 TRILLION so-called war on drugs is a massive big government failure – on nearly every single level. Its way past time to put the cartels & black market drug dealers out of business. Mass incarceration has failed. We need the science of addiction causation to guide prevention, treatment, recovery & public policies. Otherwise, things will inexorably just continue to worsen & no progress will be made. The war on drugs is an apotheosis of the largest & longest war failure in history. It actually exposes our children to more harm & risk and does not protect them whatsoever. In all actuality, the war on drugs is nothing more than an international projection of a domestic psychosis, it is not the “great child protection act,” its actually the complete opposite. We need common sense harm reduction approaches desperately. MAT (medication assisted treatment) and HAT (heroin assisted treatment) must be available options. Of course, MJ should not be a sched drug at all.

    “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” -unknown


    Some more of our fine outstanding friends from Canada have come here to make this world a better place. Now we’re stuck crowding them into our prisons.

  • liberalssuck

    Where is hernandez with his ebonics dictionary and moronic grammar,after all these are his brothers?
    Its not the drug smugglers,distributors that are making themselves look evil,but rather “white people”that are racist for arresting them.

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