Drugs, guns found in home of Pinal County felon

2014-03-13T10:15:00Z 2014-03-13T10:15:07Z Drugs, guns found in home of Pinal County felonKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2014 10:15 am  • 

A Casa Grande man, who has been incarcerated multiple times, was arrested again Monday on drug and weapons charges, a sheriff’s official said.

Henry Albert Marquardt, 47, was booked into the Pinal County jail and faces charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, misconduct involving a weapon by a prohibited possessor, and fortifying a structure with the intent to suppress law enforcement.

Additional charges are pending regarding the large quantity of prescription medication that was found in the residence, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

Marquardt is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess firearms. Since 2012, he has been arrested in Pinal County for probation and parole violations, several drug offenses, unlawful flight, burglary, traffic offenses and on multiple outstanding warrants, Gaffney said.

At about 12:45 p.m. Monday, members of the sheriff’s narcotic task force, with the assistance of the Coolidge Police Department, served a search warrant on a home in the 2900 block of East Picacho Drive, near the intersection of East Randolph Road and North Lariat Drive, in Casa Grande.

“During an investigation, detectives were able to develop probable cause to believe (Marquardt) was dealing illegal drugs out of the residence,” Gaffney said.

As detectives were about to serve the warrant, they saw Marquardt walking down the street and arrested him.

A search of his home turned up a .38 caliber handgun; numerous rounds of ammunition; several Airsoft guns, which looks similar to real weapons, and fire plastic pellets; methamphetamines; several glass pipes; various other types of drug
paraphernalia; and 13 unlabeled pill bottles containing an assortment of prescription medication.

“The front door to his residence was screwed closed from the inside to prevent any entry into the home,” Gaffney said. “Additionally he had a security camera mounted above his door.”

In a statement, Sheriff Paul Babeu said: “While staying in our jail, (Marquardt) won’t have to worry about screwing shut his front door to keep people out, as our doors are already secure.”

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