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East Carbon police, task force arrest suspected drug dealers


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By LES BOWEN
Sun Advocate reporter


Drug task force personnel inventory the five pounds of suspected marijuana seized by law enforcement authorities at an East Carbon residence.

Police in East Carbon City released the details of a recent drug -related arrest last week.

A joint investigation conducted by city police and the Carbon County Metro Drug Task Force led to the arrest of Dennis Stallings Sr. on May 23.

Law enforcement personnel in Price received information regarding Stallings, according to the authorities.

Members of the drug task force contacted the East Carbon City Police Department requesting that officers watch the Stallings residence.

Sometime after police began observing the residence, Stallings reportedly arrived at the scene. By this time, police had acquired a search warrant, which officers executed at the residence.

In addition to members of the drug task force, East Carbon Police Chief Sam Leonard, Sgt. Phillip Holt and Travis Lake participated in the investigation.

The search of a trailer occupied by Stallings reportedly resulted in the discovery of five pounds of suspected marijuana and other alleged drug paraphernalia.

"This is the most suspected marijuana seized in East Carbon to my knowledge," said Leonard.

Stallings was arrested by local police and booked into the county jail on a charge of unlawful possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

"It's important that people know the drug task force is involved in East Carbon," said a member of the county agency involved in the incident.

Members of the task force and police department indicated that the arrests in East Carbon reflected a good working relationship between agencies.

The officers called the investigation a good combined effort that reflected well on both agencies.

On the same day, East Carbon police executed a second search warrant, resulting in the discovery of two suspected marijuana plants and other paraphernalia.

Earlier in the month, the city police department continued efforts to arrest and charge suspected drug dealers in the East Carbon area.

On July 7, East Carbon police executed a warrant at a residence of three suspected drug dealers.

As part of an ongoing investigation, East Carbon police acquired a search warrant to search the residence.

The execution of the search warrant produced suspected methamphetamine apparently packaged for sale as well as suspected marijuana and suspected drug paraphernalia.

Police booked Daniel Lopez, Lisa Lopez and Sterling Curtis into the county jail. All three of the suspects face charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

As related arrests in East Carbon continue, Leonard said other efforts are being made to help prevent drug-related offenses altogether.

At an East Carbon City Council meeting last month, the police chief told public officials that the DARE program at Petersen Elementary will be reinstated next school year.

In the mid-90s, Petersen was the first school in Carbon and Emery counties which had a DARE program. That program continued until a few years ago.

Because Petersen Elementary is located in Sunnyside, the drug prevention education program was handled by Sunnyside police until the agency was dissolved.

After East Carbon took over law enforcement for the area, the DARE program had to be canceled because the city had no officers who were certified to teach the courses.

Leonard reported to council that he had recently completed the training course and would be starting the program again in the fall.

The police chief emphasized that drug problems are much better prevented using programs such as DARE, rather than police investigations and arrests.

Leonard explained that the education programs are a better use of the force's limited resources.

While the police force plans to continue drug investigations and arrests, Leonard hopes to spend more time on prevention in an effort to reduce the number of investigations and arrests in the future.



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