WENATCHEE — A 47-year-old father and his 21-year-old son are both sought by police after missing court on charges of  cocaine sales and maintaining a drug property.

Jose Luis Sanchez and his son Elijah Joseph Sanchez were summoned to appear Thursday in Chelan County Superior Court, six months after the Columbia River Drug Task Force served a search warrant at their home in the 200 block of Yakima Street. Court records show they did not arrive, and a judge ordered warrants for their arrest.

Detectives said they arranged five controlled purchases of drugs involving the Sanchezes between July 2018 and Jan. 22, with informants buying 120 Xanax pills and 45 grams of cocaine in total. The task force then searched the apartment under warrant Jan. 29, and allegedly found seven more baggies of suspected cocaine plus 79 counterfeit $20 bills. Jose Luis Sanchez is additionally charged with forgery for allegedly possessing 79 fake cash.

Police said both men admitted to selling drugs when interviewed. They were not jailed, but were charged by summons July 1. Neither has a past criminal record. Elijah Sanchez is known to have a second address in Moses Lake.

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I'm sure they will claim they never received the summons so this first one will be a freebie. But they will be handed paperwork indicating the date/time of their next court appearance. If they fail to show at that, warrants will be issued, and bail will be set I've seen it a thousand times.

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