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A Utah County man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and for being a restricted person in possession of a dangerous weapon.

On January 21, 2016 a Deputy with the Utah County Sheriff's Office stopped a car for multiple traffic violations. The Deputy identified a passenger in this car as a man who has a lengthy criminal record in Utah. This man, Tracy Manuel Valdez, age 54, of Provo, also uses the name Tracy Steven Valdez, and Tracy Manuel Herbert. Valdez has been arrested numerous times since the age of 18. His first recorded arrest as an adult was in 1980 for burglary, which ended in a conviction. He has numerous arrests and convictions for felony and misdemeanor offenses. His convictions include drug distribution and possession, interfering with arresting officers, burglary, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

On this occasion a police K9 was brought to the stop and it sniffed the area around the outside of the car. After the K9 gave a positive indication for the presence of narcotics Deputies searched the car. During the course of the search they found multiple items of drug paraphernalia, including scales and small baggies. They also found several baggies with a total of 5.6 ounces of methamphetamine. Deputies also found Valdez to be in possession of a switch blade knife. Because Valdez has multiple felony convictions, and because he is an unlawful user of a controlled substance he is a Category II restricted person. Valdez was first convicted of a crime as an adult in 1980 at the age of 18. He has been booked into the Utah County Jail 73 times since 1984, including his most recent booking on January 21. Valdez has also served time in prison multiple times.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO