Connell man arrested with stolen gun facing new charge for alleged meth dealing

CONNELL, Wash. -- A Connell man arrested on a misdemeanor warrant last week now faces felony drug and gun charges. 

Luis Enrique Blanco-Gomez, 27, was arrested on his warrant during a traffic stop near the intersection of N. Almira Ave. and E. Clark St. around 6:40 p.m. on May 9.  

During his arrest, police said they found a loaded, stolen 9 mm pistol in his waistband and thousands of dollars in cash in pockets. 

Blanco-Gomez is a felon who was convicted first-degree arson for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a house in 2010 and possessing a stolen firearm in 2017. He is also a known gang member, said Connell Police Chief Chris Turner. 

He was booked at the Franklin County Jail on his warrant and additional charges for possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Police seized Blanco-Gomez’ 1990s Honda Accord and requested a search warrant for the car. During their search, police found 27 grams of methamphetamine, live rounds of ammunition other “interesting items” including a small axe and a machete, police said in a Facebook post.

On Thursday, Chief Turner said Blanco-Gomez will likely face an additional charge of meth possession with the intent to distribute.

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