Police asking residents to help them locate wanted gang member


[ooyala code=”wwbWNhNDpKoL0NGoeSWhWsnEU7_EGACd”]MAGNA — Salt Lake Metro gang detectives are hoping residents can help them locate the latest public enemy number one, 28-year-old Ruben Degadil Contreras.

Contreras is an ex-convict with a violent history that includes gun and drug arrests. He is just the latest in a long line of gang members who have been profiled over the past year. Media profiling has been a success for law enforcement. Ninety-nine percent of them have been captured.

“With Ruben, he’s a violent street gang member currently wanted on a parole violation so he knows he’s wanted,” says Dep. U.S. Marshal Rick Simonelli from Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit.

Wednesday, cops from around the valley and the state will gather in Sandy for the 22nd gang conference, an annual update on the state of gang crime in Utah and how to combat the problem. The title this year is, All Day Every Day.

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