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September 16, 2023

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SLCPD Pioneer Bike Squad Recovers Significant Drug Cache

SALT LAKE CITY — Officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Pioneer Patrol Division Bike Squad have recovered a significant drug cache, including 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine and 1,063 fentanyl pills.

“Our officers are guardians of our communities,” said Chief Mike Brown. “Protecting our city from drug trafficking is a never-ending commitment. With every drug seizure, no matter its size, we are working toward a safer and healthier community and decreasing the harm and impact caused by drug-related crimes.”

This investigation started at 11:23 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, when an officer stopped a car near 450 North 900 West and recognized the passenger, Braidon Cluff, as a fugitive.

During the investigation, officers seized the car because it had no registration and the driver, Jessica Jacobs, had a suspended driver’s license.

When officers searched Jacobs’ car, they found methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl pills, marijuana dab, and heroin.

Officers continued their investigation to include an authorized search of Jacobs’ house.

During the search, officers found a clandestine lab.

Jacobs later told officers that she manufactures drugs inside her home knowing that children live there.

At the time of her arrest, officers found Jacobs to have an active arrest warrant.

Officers booked Jacobs into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of not having a vehicle’s license plate visible from 100’, failure to register a vehicle, being in possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, operating a clandestine drug laboratory, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment, and driving on a revoked or suspended driver’s license.

Officers booked  Cluff  into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of being in possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

A photo of some of the evidence recovered in this case is being released. Media may use this photo with credit to the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is not the custodian of record for jail booking photos. Utah Code 17-22-30 mostly prohibits the release of jail booking photos. Generally, a jail booking photo can only be released by the custodian of record after a conviction or when law enforcement determines the person is a fugitive or an imminent threat to a person or public safety. In Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the custodian of record for jail booking photos.

 

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