Utah man accused of leading large-scale drug operation in Clearfield


CLEARFIELD, Utah (ABC4) A Utah man has been charged with more than two dozen felonies after authorities said he was leading a full-scale drug operation in Clearfield.

Theodore Alexander Starr-Smith, 38, was charged last week with 10 counts of second degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person, two counts of theft in second degree by concealment of stolen property and three counts of second degree felony of possession of drugs with intent to distribute, as well as counts of felony of possession of drug and possession of paraphernalia of drug,

Prosecution documents indicate that the State Investigation Bureau (SBI) received information that
Starr-Smith distributed THC and fentanyl products.

Investigators then observed Starr-Smith’s residence in Clearfield, and a lot of “short-term traffic” where people frequented the house for a brief period and then left. Meanwhile, police also carried out roadside checks and located THC products, according to the documents.

On August 12, SBI and Homeland Security (HSI) agents served a search warrant at two storage units rented by Starr-Smith’s girlfriend in Davis County. Inside the storage units, police located two guns and packing material for the THC products.

Police then returned to the suspect’s home, where they located Starr-Smith at his home, with his mother and two young children.

“When he opened the door, a distinct smell of marijuana came from the house,” the prosecution documents say.

During a search of the home after a warrant was issued, officers found evidence of a large-scale drug distribution operation in the kitchen.

In total, officers located 23 pounds of marijuana, 3.55 pounds of THC wax, 346 cartridges of THC, psilocybin mushroom chocolate, 12 grams of cocaine and packaging materials, edible molds. with THC and empty bags.

Officers also located a handgun inside a room that appeared to belong to children. Officers found seven additional firearms, two of which had been reported stolen, inside an RV parked near the house. Starr-Smith is a convicted felon and prohibited from owning firearms.

Starr-Smith told police his DNA is on guns because he teaches his children how to properly use guns. The accused said the guns belonged to his children, although one of his children asked him why the police were taking “his guns”, according to the documents.

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