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Utah Auto Shop Owner Accused of Drug and Gun Crimes Indicted

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

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A Murray, Utah, auto shop owner, accused of drug and gun crimes, was released from custody today by a United States Magistrate Judge after he was arrested earlier this month and indicted by a federal grand jury. 

According to court documents, on March 6, 2024, search warrants were executed on the home, vehicle, and business, 5 Speed Auto, of Muayad Kareem, 47, of Sandy, Utah. 

In Kareem’s Mercedes, law enforcement agents recovered an HP laptop bag in the backseat. Inside the bag, agents recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special firearm and three bags containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for synthetic cathinones, α-PVP, known as “bath salts,” worth $11,200. Agents also seized a cell phone inside Kareem’s vehicle. At Kareem’s home, agents seized a flip style cell phone and a fake saltshaker full of small plastic baggies that are used for distribution. During his arrest, agents also recovered a prescription bottle with 366 30 mg Oxycontin pills, another cellphone and $1,600. 

Pursuant to the search of the 5 Speed Auto repair shop in Murray, agents seized approximately 948 blue tablets with “A-51” and “M-30 stamped on them. Agents identified the pills as Oxycodone. From a mini fridge, agents seized approximately 1,067 white oval shaped tablets stamped with “M367” and “M366,” which were identified as hydrocodone and 643 white oval shaped tablets stamped with “G037,” which were identified as Lortabs. From a safe, agents seized $40,000 in cash. 

Kareem is charged with possession of a Pyrrolidinohexanophenone (α-PVP) with intent to distribute and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. He was indicted on March 13, 2024 and his initial court appearance was March 22, 2024. A two-day jury trial date is scheduled for May 28, 2024, in courtroom 8.3 before a U.S. District Court 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 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is investigating the case. 

Special Assistant United States Attorney Kelsy Young 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.

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 March 23, 2024

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 24-33