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SALT LAKE COUNTY — Elite officers brought in one of the most wanted suspected drug dealers in the state but had to use a police dog to arrest him.

Sunday night the Uintah County Sheriff's Office notified the Joint Criminal Apprehension Team that a suspected drug trafficker who had been on the run for at least three months, could be in the Salt Lake area. The JCAT team tracked down the suspect and boxed in his car at the 7-Eleven at 2287 E. 3300 South.

The suspect refused to get out of the car for about five minutes. When he did get out, he put up a fight.

"He became combative with us," said Jim Phelps of JCAT. "He put his hand underneath his waist, which is always a concern to us because we don't know whether they have a weapon or not."

Officers unleashed a K-9, which bit the suspect and allowed them to handcuff him. Officers also arrested two younger women inside the car.

"They're both going to jail," Phelps said. "Inside the vehicle we did find some narcotics that are causing them to be arrested. Their vehicle is being impounded."

JCAT officers were concerned to see girls so young with the suspect.

"I'm not sure of their ages, but definitely young," Phelps said. "That's really sad when you see this time of night young kids out with older individuals."

Police don't know why the three were in Salt Lake.

The suspect, Troy Floyd, 39, had three felony warrants for his arrest, including one first-degree felony. He now will face additional charges.

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