MAGNA, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Unified Police make a major marijuana bust in a tiny Magna home Friday. They said it was all thanks to an anonymous tip.
Police put all the evidence on display – a table chuck full of drugs, cash, and pipes to smoke pot. Friday Unified Police pulled it all of it out a small Magna home located at 8780 W. Edith Circle. The man they busted for it is 31 year Matthew White. Police said White had been living there with his wife and two year old daughter.
"My personal belief is that this gentleman has been getting away with this for years and years and it's been lucrative for him," said Sgt .Evan Mallas, Unified Narcotics Unit.
And the evidence shows it. Cops seized $68,000 in cash, 43 lbs of marijuana, as well as heat lamps to grow pot, and jars to store it.
"He's stating that he's getting the 43 lbs behind that, he's getting out of state," said Mallas.
Police believe the drugs White was distributing may have ended up in the hands of kids.
"There's probably a good likelihood that some of our high schoolers or some of our elementary school age children would've ended up with this weed in their pockets," said Chief Jon Fassett, Kearns/Magna Precinct Commander.
Police said they would've never have known about it, but said an anonymous tip helped them make the bust.
"The community belongs to the citizens, they take ownership of it," said Fassett.
"To actually go in and have such a great find, we need citizens to be involved," said Mallas.
Police believe there are more drugs out there on Utah streets, and they're hoping you tip police off so they can find it.
"Text us a tip and we will follow up on it," said Lt. Justin Hoyal, Unified Police Dept.
So how do you do that? If you know someone selling drugs and want to make an anonymous tip, all you have to do it text "UPDTIPS" to 274637. If you do, maybe you can stop someone from selling drugs in your neighborhood.
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