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Drug Dealer Accused of Attempting to Sell Over 124,000 Blue Pills Containing Fentanyl is Indicted

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A foreign national living in Utah will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge today after he was indicted March 27, 2024, by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City for federal crimes, including possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute. 

According to court documents, Gustavo Flores-Hernandez, 31, of Salt Lake City, was under investigation for allegedly distributing a controlled substance throughout Salt Lake County, Utah. On March 21, 2024, detectives with the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force (UCMC) executed a search warrant at an apartment in Salt Lake City. During the search, detectives found approximately 12,404 grams (124,044 pills) of blue pills that field-tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. Upon completion of the search, a man later identified as Flores-Hernandez, entered the apartment and was arrested. Flores-Hernandez possessed approximately $9,000 cash and 50 grams (500 pills) of blue pills that field-tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. 

Flores-Hernandez is charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and reentry of a previously removed alien. His initial court appearance on the indictment is April 1, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. in courtroom 8.4 before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at the Orrin G. Hatch United States District Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City. 

U.S. Attorney, Trina A. Higgins, of the District of Utah made the announcement.

The case is being investigated jointly by a task force officer with the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force, the American Fork Police Department and the FBI Salt Lake City Field Office. 

Special Assistant United States Peter Reichman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah is prosecuting the case. 
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 



Felicia Martinez
Public Affairs Specialist
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Updated April 1, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 24-37