4 people arrested during SWAT-assisted drug bust

St. George Police officers and SWAT respond to a residence off Price Hills Drive to serve a search warrant, St. George, Utah, July 12, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — St. George Police SWAT and the Washington County Bomb Squad responded to an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood near Desert Hills Drive Friday morning as police attempted to serve a search warrant at a home with multiple suspects.

Shortly after 6 a.m., agents with the Washington County Drug Task Force responded to a residence off Price Hills Drive to serve a search warrant. For the safety of the officers and the public, the St. George Police SWAT was called in to assist as officers were attempting to coax the suspects out of the home, St. George Police Capt. Curtis Spragg said.

“In a dangerous situation or potentially volatile situation, instead of making entry and potentially causing a confrontation we like to give them the opportunity to come out on their own,” Spragg said.

St. George Police Department officers also responded to the area to secure the scene and assist agents. In order to serve the warrant, the drug task force had to make sure the residence was empty and all suspects were detained, which ended up taking several hours.

SWAT staged at a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Price Hills Drive, where a number of individuals were detained. However, two suspects inside the residence refused to come out.

Officers ordered the suspects to come out using loud speaker demands that continued until the two remaining suspect surrendered to police hours later.

Spragg said the Washington County Bomb Squad was called in and used a remote-control robot to make sure the home was cleared of all suspects and was safe for officers to enter.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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