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Fugitive drug dealer arrested in Tremonton


A alleged drug dealer who has been a fugitive since 2008, was arrested in Tremonton Thursday night by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, assisted by FBI agents.  In his vehicle, officers found four pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $100,000.

Jose Gil-Sanchez, 37, thought to be a major supplier of meth for Idaho and northern Utah,  came in contact with the strike force four years ago when a search warrant was served at his Roy home.  Meth and a firearm were taken in that raid, but Gil-Sanchez fled to Mexico.

Strike Force Commander Troy Burnett said it was later learned that Gil-Sanchez had returned to the United States and had set up his drug distributing operation in Boise.  “Through his contacts in Ogden, we learned he was meeting with his distributors at a location in Tremonton and we hoped to get him.  We did.”

Bennett said the arrest took place at a gas station on the west end of Tremonton’s Main Street.  While local agencies were alerted to the pending confrontation with Gil-Sanchez, they were not directly involved, Bennett said.

Gil-Sanchez was booked into the Weber County Jail on the 2008 charges.  Federal charges are pending.

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