The Kane County Major Crimes Task Force has been working on a large-scale narcotics investigation for the last year involving numerous people in and around Kanab.

Luke Johnson was arrested on March 3, 2010, on a $50,000 cash bail only warrant. On March 11, 2010, Johnson pleaded no contest to five-second degree felonies, and was sentenced to Utah State Prison to serve five concurrent sentences of one to 15 years. Johnson was involved with the distribution of a variety of prescription pills, marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

Through a court order, local investigators received six months of text message records from a cell phone company. In total, nearly 2,000 pages of texts were reviewed with approximately 80% of the conversations centering on illegal drug transactions.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Tracy Glover, who also serves as the Major Crimes/Drug Task Force Commander, said, “This is just another useful tool that we have found to go after people willing to engage in illegal drug activity in our community.”

Glover went on to say additional charges are expected in the days and weeks ahead. “This is a large and complex investigation. We have talked to many additional suspects already, and the investigation continues. We will continue to seek their cooperation in this case,” added Glover.