Jay Hamburger, Park Record (Park City, Ut.), Jan. 9, 2006
Park Record The Park City Police Department has added a white person to its most-wanted list, making an alleged drug dealer from Park City the first non-Latino placed on the department’s controversial compilation of sought-after criminal suspects.
The police recently placed Sean Thomas Blair on the most-wanted list, which identifies the 10 known criminal suspects who the police most want to catch. Blair, 21, is wanted on a $10,000 arrest warrant, issued on Aug. 1, 2005.
He is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, which are second — and third-degree felonies. His last known address is 2449 Doc Holliday Drive, in Prospector.
Blair’s placement on the most-wanted list is particularly significant in the aftermath of the original list, released in the fall. At that time, each of the suspects placed on the most-wanted list was a Latino. Leaders in the Latino community questioned the racial makeup of the list and wondered why, in a community that is mostly white, the list was exclusively Latino.
Mike Fierro, a Police Department detective involved in compiling the most-wanted list, said adding Blair was not a reaction to the criticism the police received last fall. Fierro said Blair’s inclusion is based on the reasoning that the police use when considering suspects for the list.
Blair took Mario Garcia Hernandez’s spot on the top-10 list. The police captured Hernandez at a Main Street restaurant where he was working on Nov. 2, 2005. Fierro said the police received a tip that Hernandez was using an alias after his picture was published with a Park Record article about the original list.
He said the police are considering 21 people for placement on the list. Of those, 14 are Latino men, five are white men, one is a white female and one is an Asian man, Fierro said. The most serious charges they face are drug-distribution counts, he said.