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Utah man arrested at Salt Lake Airport with 4,100 fentanyl pills and 378 heroin doses

Oct 3, 2022, 3:52 PM
Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major...
Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City. New York State Attorney General Eric Scheiderman's office announced Friday that authorities in New York state have made a record drug bust, seizing 33 kilograms of heroin and 2 kilograms of fentanyl. According to the attorney general's office, it is the largest seizure in the 46 year history of New York's Organized Crime Task Force. Twenty-five peopole living in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona and New Jersey have been indicted in connection with the case. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A man was arrested at the Salt Lake Airport with fentanyl pills planned to be distributed in Utah on Thursday.

According to arrest documents, David Christopher Ellis, 39, had outstanding warrants for his arrest for felony fraud in Ogden and felony domestic violence in Riverdale.

Weber County authorities were notified that Eliis was flying from Phoneix, Arizona, to Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday and contacted the Salt Lake City airport to confirm his arrival.

Authorities were able to take Ellis into custody at the airport. They found a “white crystal-like substance” in his front right pocket, which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to arrest documents.

Authorities began to interview Ellis, and he told them that a large quantity of fentanyl was in his checked bag with the intention of being distributed in Weber County.

According to arrest documents, a search warrant was executed for Ellis’s belongings and found “several clear plastic baggies” weighing 419.4 grams, or about fentanyl 4,100 pills. Authorities also found a 37.8-gram plastic bag of heroin, which equals to about 378 doses.

Ellis is known for frequent trips from Utah to Arizona and Mexico, using fraudulent documents and alias to conceal his identity.

Ellis was booked for two felony counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.

 

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Utah man arrested at Salt Lake Airport with 4,100 fentanyl pills and 378 heroin doses