April 15, 2021

Live PD: The Best of Utah Highway Patrol | A&E

[whimpering] STEVE SALAS: All right, that sounds exciting.

Duke, dispatch broadcast1080 vehicle, which Colorado was in a pursuit with.

They followed itto the state line and then they had to terminate.

So if they do locate the vehicleand it gets in a pursuit, we just want to get this thingshut down as soon as we can.

Jared and I will spike it.

We'll get these spikes set out.

They're just going to extend outto go across the travel lane.

They're coming.

Here, take these over.

Take these over.

Number one lane.

MAN (ON RADIO): Should becoming up on you right now.

It's going to bea grey Mercedes.

It was in the number onelane at a high rate of speed.

There it is.

There it is.

Here it comes.

MAN (ON RADIO):Coming to you now.

[inaudible] vehicle.

Got him spiked.

Pull them all the way off.

Get in.

Get in.

Get in.

We got him.

We just got to watch– once they do come to a stop, we got to see if they bail out.

Vehicle maybe abandoned.

We've got four– four– looks like fourmales running north.

[barking] Duke, he's definitelyready to bite someone.

Let's do it.

Clear that car.

Clear that car.

Duke, come here.


We're going to send the dog.

Stay close– youget in front of me, this dog's going to bite you.

Hey, stop, we'regoing to send the dog.


Hey, stop right there orI'm going to send the dog.

This is your last warning.

Stop right there.

We're sending the dog.

Let's see your hands.


Duke, [inaudible].

Good boy.

Just use that truckfor cover, guys.

Call them back one by one.

Right there is good.

Hey you– you, on the end.

Turn around and walk back.

Quiet, quiet, quiet.


Hey, hey.


[barking] Platz.



Just come back one at a time.

We're good now.

We're good.








Evans, go ahead andput your gun away.

You just worry about cuffs.

We've got guns on them.

Good boy.

You did good.

Yeah, you did good.

That was exciting, wasn't it? We can do an evidencesearch with Duke.

If they were involvedin an armed robbery, it's possible they held thegun until we spiked them but I couldn't see any weapons.

The small aluminumspikes are hollow.

And you can see where thisspikes have punctured the tire and then the air isallowed to escape through the hollowopening in that spike.

And obviously it was veryeffective in this situation with all four tires.

You know, there's at least 12spikes in that one tire alone.

No stolen property of any kind.


There's a lot.

STEVE SALAS: I'llcall a wrecker for us.

At a minimum, they'll probably be looking at fleeing charge here.

That's when you want the dog.

I mean, you know, eliminating the threat.

If they are facingany charge, if they're involved in thetheft of the vehicle or just had knowledge thatthe vehicle was stolen, they'll probably justcharge them in Colorado.

[siren sounding] STEVE SALAS: So thereason I stopped you, a couple of reasons.

One is your lane travel.

As I was travelingbehind you– and I know it's a bigger vehicle– but you're drivingon the white line and you've crossedit several times.

OK, and where areyou coming from? I'm coming from Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, OK.

I'm going to check this out.

Would you mind coming to my– back to my vehicle so I canget some information from you? – No, not at all.

– You OK with that? Do you have familyout there or– No.



You don't have anything illegalin the vehicle today, do you? No.

No illegal drugs of any kind?No? You OK if I run the policedog around the outside of the vehicle? You OK with that?Good boy.

Good boy.




My police dog'strained to detect the odor of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

He's actually alerting to thispassenger side of the vehicle with that open window.

He's actually trying togo into the open window.

I have personal marijuana.

You have personal marijuana.

OK, is there anylarge quantities of any drugs in there? I just have acouple of joints.

You're not impaired inany way right now, are you? No, I'm kind of nervous.

OK, you're not drinking? No, just hot tea.

Well, what I'mgoing to do is I'm going to search the motor home.

OK? If you just havea couple of joints and if you're not impaired, we'll do a few tests.

If you're not impaired, then probably just write you a ticket.

OK? You know what? I have to go to the bathroom? Can you come in therewith me so I can go– I mean, literally, I've haddiarrhea like four times on this trip.

I'm not kidding you right now.

OK, well I don't want youto do anything inside my car.

So if you need to dowhat you need to do.

I really would appreciate it.


– The bathroom is right there.

– OK.

I'm just going to make surethere's no weapons in here and then you can doit you need to do, OK? It's a nice RV.

Maybe in a minute hereif I can't figure it out.

Is this– all thisluggage belong to you? [bleep]- Yeah.


Three pounds ofmarijuana right there.

So [bleep] I'm going to placein handcuffs for the marijuana.

Let's go ahead andset your tea down.

The reason you are in custody isnot because of the personal use marijuana, but the largequantities of marijuana that's in the storagecontainer, OK? Mmhmm.

We'll go ahead andgo back to the office and see how we can furtherthis investigation.

We have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 66 pounds.

It's kind of eyeopening just to see the amount of drugsthat are actually being transported on the interstates.

[music playing] STEVE SALAS: So where areyou coming from today, sir? Phoenix.


So the reason I stopped you, a couple of reasons, OK? One initially is you werefollowing too close behind another vehicle you're behind.

And then as I turned mylights on to stop you and then you came into theguardrail area.

So I turned my lights off.

But following behind you, you're all over the road.

Well, can I have youcome back to my vehicle so I can get someinformation from you? Can I smoke acigarette out there? Um, let's– let's waittill afterwards, OK? So have you ever hada driver's license? Never had one.


So you're coming up hereto see your girlfriend.

How long are yougoing to be up here? Just a couple of hours.

Couple hours.

Then turn around and head back? Yeah, I have to goback home [inaudible].


– Why do you have to go back?- [inaudible].

Why do you have to go back? I live with myfiance, my wife.


I would like to search thevehicle to make sure there's nothing illegal in there.

You OK with that? You OK with that?- No problem.

Here, Jared, hewants to have a smoke.

He's alerting all over.

He's hitting a fewareas then moving.

Up up.

He can't find thesource of the odor.

Up up.


He says there's a halfa gram, maybe a half a gram of heroin in there.

He's saying there's a halfa gram of heroin in there but I'm guessingthere's going to be more just based on his story.

So you're saying youswallowed half a gram? Yeah.

Can you get thatto come back up? No.

I'd like you to try.

I just want you to– how much– how muchdo you normally use? Just a little bit, probablynot even a half a gram a day.

The guy's saying he ate someheroin as I was stopping him, so we have medical coming here.

He's saying he ate heroin.

– Awesome.

So we just want to clear him.

I don't what jailis going to do.

We find narcotics hiddenin spare tires often.

So we're just goingto do an echo test see if we get an echo.

Oh yeah.

There's no echo.

Probably one, two, three, four, five pounds.

We just don't know ifit's heroin or meth.

I'm going to guess.

If you clear him, they'll take him.


So his vitals check out.


We just finishedup this traffic stop.

Headed– headed to the jail now.

This is heroin, actually haslike cartel identifiers on it.

27 ounces.

I'm assuming it came straightfrom Mexico, approximately $700, 000 street value.

MAN (ON RADIO): Got a[inaudible] on [inaudible].


We've got one of our trooperson a traffic stop on I-80.

It's a drug trafficking case.

How many occupants?- One.

Just one.

And a dog.

And a dog.

Back here around the curve, he drifted out of his lane into that right lane.

First he said he's goinghome for the holidays.

He says he went toDenver to see family and then Seattle to see family.


He said he got thereFriday or Saturday.

The car was rented Friday.

[inaudible] Indiana, confronted him on that.

Then he said he lied.

That's not where he went.

He said he went to California.

And come to find outhe's hauling drugs.

He had about 50pounds of marijuana.

Every pack is about–it's about a pound.

We call it a suicide load.

It's just suicidebecause they don't even try to hide it so they justput it in the trunk like that and just put it in aduffel bag like that.

So every pound in California, we're thinking about $1, 500 a pound to buy it.

And then on the street, I'm thinking they probably double the profits.

You're thinking about sellingthat for about $3, 000 a pound.

So right now, we'regoing to be doing this.

We're going to be takingall this marijuana over to evidence.

We're also going to be takingthe suspect over to our investigation office wherehe's going to be interviewed by some of our detectives.

We've got animal controlcoming to pick up the dog, so they're going to take him.

And hopefully hecan get somebody to come get the dogbecause he's going to be in jail for a while.

[music playing] So we're going to becoming in here to do the interview on the suspect.

And we're also going to bebooking the evidence in here.

Gimme your last name.

[bleep] Birthday? [bleep] Happy birthdaya couple hours ago.

Is it OK if I talk to you now? Ask you some questions? He requested an attorney.

So we're not going tobe able to talk to him.

He even told him happy birthday.

He did, did you hear that? Well, today is his birthday.

Who drug traffics drugson their birthday? I mean, that's pretty crazy.

I'm pretty sure he'sworking for somebody, that would be my guess, somebody in Indiana who gave him some money.

Here, go to Californiaand get this.

Bring it back here and I'llpay x amount per pound, which is probably what's happening.

I don't think he's– he's nota big time dealer by any means.

I think it'sprobably [inaudible].


What I'm going todo is I'm going to seize both these phones.

I'm going to be applyingfor a search warrant to download these phones andgather information off, OK? Questions?- No.


The charges fornow are going to be a third degree felony, overa pound, under 100 pounds, so that lies in that.

For this, we're talkingabout five years in prison.

STEVE SALAS: One ofthe things that I enjoy doing is looking for peoplethat are transporting large quantities of narcotics.

[siren sounding] So we've stopped thisvehicle for a speeding and a signal violation.

How you guys doing today? Good.

May I see yourlicense, please? OK, no driver's license.

Do you– is this your vehicle? Did you rent it? So why did youhave your friend– your friend rent the vehicle? Because you guys havesuspended licenses.

Can you turn the caroff and then maybe step out of vehicle, all right? Do you have any weapons on you?- No, sir.

Can I see your waistband? Turn around.

Do you care if I pat you down?- Go ahead.

Just put your handsbehind your back.

So make sure you have anyweapons in your pockets, OK.

Actually, yeah, just comeout here a little ways here.

Anything illegalin this car today? No.

Any illegal drugs? – No.

– Any marijuana? No.

– Any cocaine?- No.

– Any heroin?- No.

– Methamphetamine?- No.

– Large amounts of money?- No.


Any guns? Nothing.

Burglary tools? No.

Do you have anythingillegal on you? – No.

– Nothing in your pockets there? Nothing.

Mind if I just seeyour waist band to make sure you don't have any– OK, you're good.

I'm going to have you step upthere, maybe 40 or 50 feet off.

Good boy.

Good boy.

Good boy.

Good boy.



Good boy.

Good boy.

On his own, he goesinto the vehicle.

That his alert to narcotic odor.

So we're going to goahead and search it.

There's a bag ofmeth right there.

Let's go ahead and– I'm sure there's more, but let's go and just– you cuff her up.

I'll cuff him up.

Is that your cigarette butt? Yeah.

Pick it up.

Put it in yourpocket, all right? Yeah.

Now face away from me.

Spread your legs.

Go ahead and put your handsbehind your back for me.

Just don't move, OK? So the reason you're in cuffsis just because of the meth that was in the door.

It's salt or something.

OK, well, we'll test it, OK? But right now itlooks like meth.

Under the passengerseat got another bag.

See, that's where the dogwas going, right down there.

Probably about a poundof meth right there.

That's a good find, Nick.

Hey, Steve, I think there'sstuff inside this front seat.

They've detached that andthen cut into the upholstery.

Then you can see thevacuum-sealed packages.

It's hard to see, butthey've cut that upholstery and just pushed thepackages up in there.

It's about nine pounds of meth.

Go ahead and collect all thereceipts, any type of pocket trash that may indicateto our investigators where they're comingfrom, where they're going.

There may be evidenceon the phones or in the receipts showing thatthey've made multiple trips from wherever they'recoming from, you know, whether it's out of SanDiego, Southern California, LA.


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