Authorities arrested two people who had a large amount of crack cocaine last week, officials said.
Last Tuesday, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed a high-risk search warrant at 302 Grand Ave. Agents found the crack and discovered that the suspects were armed with handguns.
The suspects were identified as Jose Dimas and Carlos Vigil, who were charged with trafficking drugs, officials said.
Task force Commander Sgt. Mack Allingham said the agency received intelligence that the suspects were alleged gang members.
Allingham said that a no-knock warrant was granted by District Judge Gerald Baca because the suspects were armed and a potential existed that the suspects would pose a danger to agents. The suspects allegedly had a history of being violent toward police officers.
Allingham said he had to request additional resources involving emergency medical services personnel in case anyone was hurt.
Allingham said a loaded handgun was found in the living room and other guns were found in the house by task force agents.
Allingham said things are becoming more violent for police officers arresting drug dealers.
“These persons do not want to go to prison and will do anything to keep law enforcement from infiltrating their illegal organizations,” Allingham said in a statement. “Drug dealers pollute our communities, victimize innocent people and in some cases teach our youth to sell narcotics.”
Police Chief Gary Gold said the task force will continue to disrupt drug organizations for the betterment of the community.
Marquez said public safety was a priority.
“It’s time this community stands up and say no to drugs and no to crime. It’s time to take our streets back and make Las Vegas a great place to live,” he said.