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Ogden pair arrested near Benjamin with reported 9.7 lbs of meth

August 3, 2018
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Melisa Marquez-Barrios

Utah County deputies arrested two people Wednesday after they were found with 9.7 lbs of methamphetamine.

Melisa Marquez-Barrios, a 22-year-old Ogden woman, and Oscar Cortez-Felix, a 20-year-old Ogden man, were arrested on suspicion of the first-degree felony of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone, the class A misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone and the infraction of speeding.

Cortez-Felix is also placed under an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

A deputy stopped a car traveling at about 100 mph on northbound Interstate 15 near Benjamin at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

A K-9 officer searched the outside of the car and indicated there were narcotics inside. Deputies found two large bags of methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

The drugs are estimated to have a street value of $440,000 and provide 35,000 individual doses.

Marquez-Barrios was driving the vehicle and Cortez-Felix was the passenger, according to the report. A 2-year-old child was also inside the car and has has been placed in the custody of a relative.

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