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Foreign Nationals Arrested and Indicted After a Large Drug Seizure, Including Over 11,000 Grams of Methamphetamine

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

Salt Lake City, Utah – A man and woman in Salt Lake County were indicted by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City today for federal drug crimes after law enforcement seized approximately 11,435 grams of methamphetamine and 3,835 grams of heroin from a vehicle in which they were traveling.

According to court documents, Armida Viridiana Cayetano-Ruiz, 32, and Carlos Gerardo Brindas-Guzman, 30, both foreign nationals living in Salt Lake City, became part of a criminal investigation in April 2024 for allegedly distributing large quantities of narcotics into Utah. During the investigation, agents with the FBI Wasatch Metro Drug Task Force received information that Cayetano-Ruiz was a suspected multi-state drug trafficker. On May 11, 2024, agents stopped Cayetano-Ruiz and Brindas-Guzman in Juab County, Utah, for a traffic violation. During the stop, a K-9 Officer alerted to a positive indication of narcotics on the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, law enforcement seized 11,435 grams (package weight) of field-tested- positive methamphetamine and 3,835 grams (package weight) of field-tested positive heroin. Cayetano-Ruiz and Brindas-Guzman were arrested. 

Cayetano-Ruiz and Brindas-Guzman are charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Their initial court appearance on the indictment is scheduled for May 30, 2024, at 9:15 a.m. in courtroom 8.4 before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at the 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 by the FBI Wasatch Metro Drug Task Force. 

Assistant United States Attorney Seth Nielsen of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah is prosecuting the case. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF). OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

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
(801) 325-3237
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Updated May 30, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 24-64