SALT LAKE CITY – Innocente Ramirez, 38, of West Valley City, was charged by federal criminal complaint with the possession of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl, with the intent to distribute, and with the possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to the allegations contained in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, in August of 2022, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and task force officers from the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force began the investigation into Ramirez’s drug trafficking operation. During this time, law enforcement officers obtained delivery of one pound of methamphetamine from Ramirez and located Ramirez’s residence and the storage unit where Ramirez stored his narcotics. Law enforcement then obtained search warrants for Ramirez’s Salt Lake City storage unit and West Valley City home. During the execution of the search warrant on Ramirez’s storage unit, law enforcement officers seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine, 33 pounds of heroin, 13 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 fentanyl pills, and 17 firearms, two of which were stolen. During the search of Ramirez’s home, law enforcement seized two firearms, drug packaging material, and drug paraphernalia.
Assistant United States Attorneys from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah are prosecuting the case. Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and task force officers from the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force are conducting the investigation.
A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.