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Police find weapons during Cottonwood Heights drug bust

Drugs and ammunition were recovered by the Cottonwood Heights police, Monday
Drugs and ammunition were recovered by the Cottonwood Heights police, Monday
Cottonwood Heights Police

SANDY — Police said they found more than they bargained for during a routine drug bust Monday.

Seventeen Cottonwood Heights police officers descended on the home of Andrew Copenhaver's mother on Woodthrush Drive in Sandy about 6 a.m., said Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Dan Bartlett.

Police suspect Copenhaver, 26, of selling drugs in Sandy and Cottonwood Heights. They served a warrant for a related case on a home in the neighborhood in August, Bartlett said.

Officers discovered marijuana, acid and eight firearms, "including an illegally manufactured suppressor" or silencer, Bartlett said. They also found an AR-15 that was converted to be fully automatic, and an AR-10, which is a large semi-automatic gun.

"They're wicked guns," Bartlett said, adding that the police's armor would not have been strong enough to withstand bullets from the AR-10 and possibly the AR-15.

They also found a semi-automatic rifle and large semi-automatic handguns among the eight total firearms.

"We'll end up going to federal (court) with this case, because to manufacture or have a manufactured suppressor without the proper paperwork, it's a federal crime anyway," Bartlett said.

Copenhaver was arrested "without incident," Bartlett said.