Law enforcement agencies in Salt Lake County seized 31 pounds of heroin in a series of busts from February through July of this year. But cracking down on the drug trade is complicated and could have some negative consequences.
Officials say the demand for heroin in Utah is a public health crisis. Drug cartels operating from Mexico are bringing significant volumes of the drug into the state. The latest series of busts led to 21 arrests accompanied by charges that range from distribution and racketeering to money laundering.