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A.M. notes: Major drug bust, high voter turnout and a rare site in Scotland

Here’s the news of the day for Nov. 23.

Utah sees record drug bust

Federal agents uncovered a heavy amount of illicit drugs in Cottonwood Heights Tuesday thanks to an undercover drug-dealing operation, according to the Deseret News.

Agents arrested Aaron Michael Shamo, 26, who lives at the Cottonwood Heights home. It’s possible he could face 20 years in prison with a $1 million fine, according to Deseret News.

Brian Besser, Drug Enforcement Administration agent in charge in Utah, told the Deseret News that this drug bust was the biggest in Utah’s history. He said millions of fake pills were uncovered at the scene.

DEA agents said they found a “pill press” at the home that helps build thousands of pills every hour, specifically fentanyl, which “can be deadly to the touch to non-opioid users,” Bessler said.

Major voter turnout in Utah

So far, it looks like it was a record election day for the Beehive State.

As the Deseret News reported, Canvass finished its voter count Tuesday, adding 35,850 to the millions of votes already placed in the state. In total, about 80.4 percent of Utah voted in the election, exceeding the 80.15 percent that did the same during the 2012 presidential election when Mitt Romney ran for president.

State Election Director Mark Thomas told the Deseret News that he expected less than 75 percent of Utahns to vote, but that proved to not be the case.

"This election certainly surprised us," he said.

"Those are just huge numbers, where you have eight or nine out of 10 (registered voters) participating in the election," he said. "Those are great numbers for Utah."

President Obama honors popular celebs

President Barack Obama honored 21 celebrities in his final Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony Tuesday.

The list of celebs who received the medal included Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan, Robert De Niro and Ellen DeGeneres.

Robert Redford also received one of the medals. In the film world, Redford earned the medal alongside Hanks, De Niro and Cicley Tyson.

“Everybody on this stage has touched me in a very powerful, very personal way,” Obama said, according to Time. “These are folks who have helped make me who I am.”

White rainbow in Scotland

You don’t see this every day.

As BBC reported, a photographer captured a shot of a white “fog bow” over the Rannoch Moor in west Scotland Tuesday. The white rainbow is made up of fog, said the photographer Melvin Nicholson.

Nicholson said he was out on the moor Sunday when he noticed the rainbow, BBC reported.

"It is a colourless rainbow that is made up of tiny water droplets that cause fog,” he said, according to BBC. “It's an amazing thing to witness and can generally only be seen if the sun is behind you when you are looking at it."

Nicholson said it’s something he’ll never forget, according to BBC.

"It was just beyond magical and one of those days that you'll remember for a long time to come," he added.