Man Busted for Child Abuse & Operating a Meth Lab in Sun City, AZ

by November 6, 2013

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) first began investigating the home of 30-year-old Lancelot Lipe after receiving a call about a fire burning there in April 2012. On the first encounter, Lipe refused to let officers into his home and allegedly slammed his door on the foot of one MCSO Read more »

Racial Disparities in Marijuana Charges across U.S., ACLU Says

by October 23, 2013

According to a study by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an African-American person is almost four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person in the United States. In 2010, the arrest rate for white people charged with marijuana possession was 192 for every Read more »

Huge Marijuana Growing Operation Found in Ahwatukee

by October 16, 2013

During a routine traffic stop, officers found around seven pounds of “high-grade Northern California” marijuana in the vehicle of 24-year-old Phoenix resident, Johnny Le. After arresting Le and his passenger, investigators obtained a search warrant for Le’s home, located in a gated community near 17th Ave & Pecos Road. Once Read more »

Phoenix Valley Chef Arrested for Marijuana Possession in Scottsdale

by October 9, 2013

On May 20, Eddie Matney, chef and owner of Scottsdale restaurant, Eddie’s House, was taken into police custody after officers found marijuana in his vehicle following a traffic stop. Reportedly, police pulled Matney over for a “partially obscured license plate” and, upon further investigation, found that he was driving with Read more »

$1.6 Million Worth of Marijuana Found in Canned Jalapeños in Nogales, AZ

by October 2, 2013

As a driver of a Freightliner tractor-trailer was making his way into the United States at the Nogales, Arizona port in late May, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers decided to investigate his vehicle further.  After a CPB narcotics detection canine showed signs of a drug presence, authorities discovered $1.6 Read more »

Arizona Mom Jailed for Smuggling Marijuana in Mexico

by September 25, 2013

In late May, 42-year-old Yanira Maldonado was aboard a bus, on her way back to her home in Goodyear, Arizona after attending her aunt’s funeral in Mexico.  Though the bus passed through multiple checkpoints on its way towards the border without incident, a stop in Senora halted its progress. At Read more »

Over $800,000 Worth of Weed Found in FedEx Truck by Tucson Border Patrol

by September 18, 2013

In May, Tucson Sector Border Patrol reportedly stopped a FedEx Truck near its Interstate 19 checkpoint and discovered 1,621 pounds of weed hidden inside, valued at approximately $810,000. Though few details have been released in the case, officials have said that the driver of the truck may face charges. FedEx Read more »

Which Causes More Fatal Accidents in AZ: Marijuana or Alcohol?

by September 11, 2013

Records released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety reveal that less than 1% of impaired drivers involved in accidents that either injured or killed someone were impaired by marijuana alone. The accident reports were taken from 2012 in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Chandler. Alcohol, on the other hand, is suspected Read more »

New Laws May Eliminate Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Offenders

by September 4, 2013

In mid-August, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the United States government will no longer be forcing mandatory minimum sentences on some nonviolent, low-level drug offenders. Under Holder’s instructions, prosecutors will avoid citing the amount of drugs when charging such suspects in attempts to avoid any minimum mandatory sentencing guidelines. Read more »

Suspect Found Smoking Marijuana, Forgotten by DEA Agents for 5 Days in Holding Cell

by August 28, 2013

25-year-old engineering student Daniel Chong went to a house near UC San Diego in April 2012 to smoke some marijuana with his college friends. What was meant to be a relaxing outing soon turned horrendous as Chong found himself swept up in a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raid. A Suspect Read more »

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