TREMONTON -- The Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, with an FBI assist, caught up with a major alleged dealer the unit sought for more than four years, busting him here Thursday with an estimated $100,000 worth of methamphetamine in his car.
"The bust will likely affect the price of methamphetamine locally, but not for very long," Strike Force Commander Troy Burnett said, calling the amount of drugs smuggled into the state from Mexico "massive."
In July 2008 the strike force served a search warrant on Jose Gil-Sanchez, then living in Roy, Burnett said.
A pound of meth and a firearm were seized in that raid, qualifying Gil-Sanchez for a federal indictment. But he fled to his native Mexico and had been a fugitive ever since.
Over the years, the strike force received information that Gil-Sanchez, a member of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, had returned to the U.S. and re-established his meth distribution operation in Boise, Idaho, according to a strike force news release. He is believed to have been supplying Idaho and northern Utah with meth from Mexico.
Joined by the FBI in an extensive long-term investigation, the news release stated, officers learned Gil-Sanchez would be traveling to Tremonton on Thursday from Boise to deliver a large quantity of meth to his Utah distributors. "He was met instead by a team of strike force and FBI agents.
"Gil-Sanchez was taken into custody and over four pounds of methamphetamine with a street value in excess of $100,000 was discovered in his vehicle."
Gil-Sanchez, 37, was booked into Weber County Jail on the 2008 federal warrant, and an immigration hold was placed on him as his visa had been revoked after the prior arrest. Federal charges will be sought for Thursday's bust, Burnett said.