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Weapons, Drugs, Cash, Phony Social Security Cards Seized in SECURE Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2019
 
 

WEAPONS, DRUGS, CASH, PHONY SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS SEIZED IN SECURE CASE
Three Charged in Investigations Led by Utah AG’s Office
 

SALT LAKE CITY – This week, the Utah Attorney General’s SECURE Strike Force successfully executed a search warrant and arrested and charged three men with the felonies listed below. (The focus of the SECURE Strike Force is to investigate major crimes committed by or against people who are present in the United States without legal documentation).
 
The case centers on 32-year-old Eduardo Romo-Vazquez, who faces the bulk of the drug, weapons, stolen goods and fraud charges. Vazquez possesses a “U Visa”, which is a temporary visa and does not allow him to possess firearms. Two of the firearms in his possession were stolen rifles. He will face deportation when/if he is convicted.
 
Also charged are his brothers, Emmanuel and Juan Pablo, who are facing fraud charges and will be deported as soon as possible.
 
SECURE investigators acted on a tip from a concerned citizen about potential legal activity at a home in Magna. During the course of the two-month investigation, undercover officers confirmed the activities, built the case and arrested the suspects without incident.
 
Charged are:
Eduardo Romo Vazquez, (DOB 2/13/87): 16 Felonies including drugs and weapons charges: 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (2nd degree felony); 9 counts of Possession of a forged writing-phony social security cards, (3rd degree felony); 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, (2nd degree felony); 2 counts of receiving stolen property. (2nd degree felony).
 
Two other subjects were also arrested:
Emmanuel Romo-Vazquez, DOB not available: 5 counts of possession of fraudulent documents, (possession of a false writing), 3rd degree felony.
 
Juan Pablo Romo-Vazquez, DOB not available: 2 counts of possession of fraudulent documents, (possession of a false writing), 3rd degree felony.
 

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NOTES:

  1. Read the charging document and probable cause statement for Emmanuel Romo-Vasquez here: https://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/State-of-Utah-v.-Emmanuel-Romo-Vasquez.pdf.
  2. Read the charging document and probable cause statement for Eduardo Romo-Vasquez here: https://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/State-of-Utah-v.-Eduardo-Romo-Vasquez.pdf.
  3. Read the charging document and probable cause statement for Juan Pablo Romo-Vasquez here: https://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/State-of-Utah-v.-Juan-Pablo-Romo-Vasquez.pdf.
  4. View photos of the drugs, weapons, cash, and phony social security cards: https://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Phony-Social-Security-Cards-Seized.zip.

Three-month investigation uncovers identity theft and drug crimes

Update: 
NPR KPCW reported on how these men were able to steal these identities were stolen and how to keep this from happening to you. 
You can read or listen to their coverage here: AG’s Office Explains How Men Were Able To Steal Identities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2018


UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ANNOUNCES SEVERAL FELONY ARRESTS
Suspects charged with identity theft, drug dealing, and more

SALT LAKE CITY – Today, Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes announced the arrest of four suspects, charged with a total of seventeen felonies and one class A misdemeanor, by the AG’s SECURE Strikeforce concluding a three-month long investigation in partnership with several state agencies.

On Wednesday, two search warrants were simultaneously served in Summit County and Wasatch County by investigators from multiple jurisdictions. “Those arrested were involved with identity theft, possessing fraudulent government documents, and had a pattern of unlawful behavior with dealing several types of controlled substances,” said Police Chief Leo Lucey with the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

During the operation, officials seized a total of seventeen fraudulent government documents along with methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. 

The Utah Attorney General’s Office partnered with several agencies in the operation including Park City PD, Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Heber City PD, Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Back-Net Task Force, Ogden PD, Orem PD, Bountiful PD, DPS, Davis County Sheriff’s Office, HSI, and ICE/ERO. 

The mandate of the SECURE Strikeforce is to investigate major felony crimes involving identity theft, fraudulent documents, and human trafficking.

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NOTES:

  1. For booking documents, please visit: RodrigoFranciscoJuan PabloPedro.
  2. For more information on SECURE, please visit the following: https://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/secure-task-force/.

 

 

 

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