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Suspect in drug case may face new charges after SWAT raids home in Price

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 17:12:25-04
Police raid a home in Price June 23, 2016. Image courtesy Price City PD.

Police raid a home in Price June 23, 2016. Image courtesy Price City PD.

PRICE, Utah — SWAT personnel and units from numerous agencies served a warrant on a home in Price early Thursday morning, and a man who was arrested in a drug raid at the same home earlier this year may now face new federal charges.

According to a press release from the Price City Police Department, SWAT made entry on a home at 390 North 100 East, “employing techniques to overcome the barricaded residence.”

Thomas Sanchez mugshotThomas Albert Sanchez, 31, was arrested on a federal warrant relating to events that occurred at the same home in January. Sanchez was booked into jail back in January after police found a “substantial load of illegal narcotics for alleged distribution” along with thousands of dollars in cash and six firearms at the home.

After the more recent arrest, Sanchez was found to be in possession of a large sum of cash and a shotgun. The press release states Sanchez may face new federal charges in relation to those seizures.

Capt. Barnes of Price City PD said Thursday’s raid was a follow-up to the January 10 incident, and he said no drugs were found Thursday but Sanchez is restricted from possessing a firearm due to his status as a felon.

A female companion found at the home was questioned by police and released.

Sanchez was placed in the Carbon County Jail, pending transfer to the custody of the U.S. Marshals. Sanchez has three prior arrests and one assault conviction, the press release states.

The raid was the result of a joint investigation and involved the Carbon Metro Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Helper City Police, Price City Police, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.