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Pinal Sheriff: Mexican drug cartel scouts arrested in months-long investigation

Pinal Sheriff: Mexican drug cartel scouts arrested in months-long investigation

Several men believed to be working as spotters for a Mexican drug cartel in a known smuggling area have been arrested in a months-long investigation in Pinal County. From left, clockwise: Ramon Garcia, Jesus Nunez-Rios, Jose Aispuro, Jose Gambino-Ruiz, Sergio Ramirez-Ojeda, Francisco Noriega…

June 16, 2014 1:05 pm
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Jose Real, 47, of Tucson, was arrested April 14, 2014, after a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy found cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, a handgun, a digital scale and more than $2,000 in cash in his car during a traffic stop.

April 21, 2014 10:10 am
Mesa man arrested on suspicion of child molestation

Mesa man arrested on suspicion of child molestation

Zachary Johns, 30, of Mesa was arrested by Pinal County sheriff's deputies March 31 on suspicion of child molestation and booked into the Pinal County Jail. Johns admitted to deputies he molested the 4-year-old daughter of a family friend. 

April 01, 2014 10:06 am
More than 300 pounds of marijuana found in SUV in Pinal County

More than 300 pounds of marijuana found in SUV in Pinal County

Two men were arrested last week after Pinal County sheriff's deputies found 330 pounds of marijuana in a car they were in. 

March 24, 2014 3:25 pm
More than 300 pounds of marijuana found in SUV in Pinal County

More than 300 pounds of marijuana found in SUV in Pinal County

Rodolfo Celaya-Leyva, left, and Miguel Gomez-Valdez, right, were arrested last week after deputies stopped a car they were in and found 330 pounds of marijuana. 

March 24, 2014 3:17 pm
San Tan Valley man leads deputies on chase through golf course

San Tan Valley man leads deputies on chase through golf course

Patrick G. Moloney

March 17, 2014 11:32 am
Man arrested one hour after release from Florence prison

Man arrested one hour after release from Florence prison

Daniel Clegg

March 10, 2014 9:57 am
Oracle woman suspected of fatally shooting friend

Oracle woman suspected of fatally shooting friend

Leanor Guitard

January 12, 2014 6:53 pm
Fatal Pinal house fire

Fatal Pinal house fire

The bodies of two adults and a child have been found inside a home after an early-morning fire in an unincorporated area of Pinal County, authorities say.

December 13, 2013 4:34 pm
Wesley Boles

Wesley Boles

Wesley Boles

November 26, 2013 3:57 pm
Deputies seize several explosives, firearms from Pinal County home

Deputies seize several explosives, firearms from Pinal County home

Pinal County Sheriff's deputies arrested 51-year-old Wesley Boles, a prohibited possessor, after finding several firearms, improvised explosive devices and thousands of rounds of ammunition while executing a search warrant at his San Tan Valley home. 

November 26, 2013 3:40 pm
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Police mug shots

This undated photo released by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office shows suspect Roberto Venegas-Fernandez, 43. Arizona authorities say the killing of a prison inmate resulted from Venegas-Fernandez's desire to remain in custody, not from a fight as initially believed. The Pinal County Sheriff…

November 26, 2013 11:09 am
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Police mug shots

Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies arrested nine men and three teens on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana after U.S. Border Patrol agents saw the men drop backpacks filled with a total of 562 pounds of marijuana in th…

November 26, 2013 10:09 am
Pinal Sheriff: Inmate killed cellmate to stay in prison

Pinal Sheriff: Inmate killed cellmate to stay in prison

Authorities said Roberto Venegas-Fernandez killed his cellmate to stay in prison. 

November 26, 2013 9:18 am
Twelve men suspected of smuggling marijuana arrested in Pinal County

Twelve men suspected of smuggling marijuana arrested in Pinal County

Nine men and three teens were arrested in Pinal County on suspicion of drug smuggling charges last week. 

November 25, 2013 2:23 pm
Ten arrested on human smuggling charges in Pinal County

Ten arrested on human smuggling charges in Pinal County

Laura Hernandez, Xiomara Avalos and Paulina Cuevas were arrested on suspicion of human smuggling in Pinal County after deputies found several illegal immigrants in their vehicles. 

November 13, 2013 9:55 am
Suspected impaired driver crashes into DUI task force vehicle

Suspected impaired driver crashes into DUI task force vehicle

Amanda Leyvas (top left) was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired by alcohol, aggravated assault and criminal damage after crashing into a Pinal County Sheriffs Office vehicle working as part of a DUI task force. Her passenger, Terry Sigarroba (top right) was also arrested on an o…

November 04, 2013 11:18 am
Deputies: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Casa Grande

Deputies: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Casa Grande

Pinal County Sheriff's deputies found a husband and wife dead in an apparent murder-suicide in a Casa Grande home Sunday afternoon. 

November 04, 2013 10:38 am
14-year-old driver killed in Casa Grande crash

14-year-old driver killed in Casa Grande crash

A 14-year-old boy driving a car with two other children in the vehicle died Monday night after being involved in a rollover crash in Casa Grande

October 30, 2013 8:58 am
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Police mug shots

Janette Salido-Hernandez, 29, of Mexico, was booked into the Pinal County jail Oct. 18, 2013, on suspicion of possession of marijuana, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. She claimed she was just being a Good Samaritan, when deputies found 11 illegal immigrants …

October 23, 2013 2:43 pm
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Stephen Trevor Chapman, 22, was booked into the Pinal County jail Oct. 19, 2013, on suspicion of disorderly conduct after an elderly Saddlebrooke man found him in bed with his wife and shot him. The 68-year-old husband told deputies he feared for his safety, so he shot Chapman, grazing his h…

October 23, 2013 2:41 pm
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Jose Antonio Vizcarra, 25 of Mexico, was booked into the Pinal County jail Oct. 19, 2013, after fleeing from a traffic stop. Vizcarra pulled his car to the shoulder of the road along Highway 84 near Stanfield, but when the sheriff’s deputy got out of his patrol vehicle, Vizcarra accelerated …

October 23, 2013 2:42 pm
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Police mug shots

Zeppelin Anderson, 42, was arrested Oct. 16, 2013, on suspicion of auto theft. Detectives arrested him at his home as he was trying to sneak away. When detectives searched Anderson they found two fully-loaded .45 caliber magazines in his pants pocket. He faces charges of misconduct involving…

October 23, 2013 2:40 pm
So-called Good Samaritan arrested in Pinal County

So-called Good Samaritan arrested in Pinal County

Deputies seized $759 from a woman who claimed she was just being a Good Samaritan when she stopped and offered a ride to 11 illegal immigrants, who gave her $300 for her trouble.

October 22, 2013 12:58 pm
So-called Good Samaritan arrested in Pinal County

So-called Good Samaritan arrested in Pinal County

Neither the driver nor the 11 passengers knew there was 34 pounds of pot was in the SUV, according to the sheriff's report. The drugs had a street value of $34,125.

October 22, 2013 1:00 pm
So-called Good Samaritan arrested in Pinal County

So-called Good Samaritan arrested in Pinal County

Janette Salido-Hernandez, 29, of Mexico

October 22, 2013 12:57 pm
Men write fake note threatening a grand jury foreman

Men write fake note threatening a grand jury foreman

Two men who played a prank on their friend serving as a grand jury foreman by writing an anonymous threatening note and leaving it on his car could face criminal charges.

October 22, 2013 8:03 am
Suspected car thief arrested in Pinal County

Suspected car thief arrested in Pinal County

Zepellin Anderson

October 21, 2013 1:55 pm
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Police mug shots

Stephen Trevor Chapman, 22, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct by deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 19.A 68-year-old man who found Chapman in bed with his 63-year-old wife in the couple's Saddlebrooke guest house shot at Chapman because he feared for his sa…

October 20, 2013 12:24 pm
Deputies looking for suspected Florence child molester

Deputies looking for suspected Florence child molester

Robert Richard Guardiola, 43, in an earlier booking photo for possession of marijuana.

October 17, 2013 8:36 am
Wanted

Wanted

Sheriff’s deputies are trying to find a suspected child molester, Robert Richard Guardiola, 43. He is suspected of molesting two Florence girls for several years. He disappeared when detectives began investigating the cases, a sheriff’s official said. Guardiola is described as 5-feet-6 and 2…

October 17, 2013 8:22 am
Wanted

Wanted

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of one of the attackers in a Sept. 25, 2013 home invasion at a residence near North Gantzel Road and West Chandler Heights Road in San Tan Valley. Two women broke into the house and attacked the resident, trying to strangle her with a b…

October 16, 2013 10:43 am
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Police mug shots

Omar Cota,18, of Tucson, Juan Lopez-Guzman, 21, of Mexico, and Eduardo Sanchez, 18, of Tucson, were booked into the Pinal County jail and face charges of possession of marijuana, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale in connection with an Oct. 11, 2013 traffic stop…

October 15, 2013 2:19 pm
2 Tucson teens, another man arrested in connection to drug smuggling

2 Tucson teens, another man arrested in connection to drug smuggling

Omar Cota, Juan Lopez-Guzman and Eduardo Sanchez.

October 15, 2013 2:12 pm
Deputies search for suspect in Pinal County truck theft

Deputies search for suspect in Pinal County truck theft

Selia Hernandez, 30, was arrested Saturday on outstanding warrants. Zepplin Anderson, 42, is wanted by deputies as an "investigative lead" in a Pinal County truck theft.

October 15, 2013 1:29 pm
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Police mug shots

Ramiro Delcid, 20, of Red Rock was booked into the Pinal County jail Oct. 14, 2013, and faces a charge of negligent homicide in the shooting death of his 19-year-old girlfriend. Delcid “told detectives he was sitting in his company work truck with his girlfriend. He unloaded his .38 caliber …

October 15, 2013 1:02 pm
Pinal County man tries to scare woman, shoots her instead

Pinal County man tries to scare woman, shoots her instead

Ramiro Delcid 

October 15, 2013 12:59 pm
Pinal County man tries to scare woman, shoots her instead

Pinal County man tries to scare woman, shoots her instead

Ramiro Delcid, 20, and his 19-year-old girlfriend were sitting in his work truck Monday evening when Delcid tried to scare her by pointing a gun at her. Instead, he shot and killed her, a sheriff's official said.

October 15, 2013 12:24 pm
Florence man killed in accidental shooting after night of drinking

Florence man killed in accidental shooting after night of drinking

Robert DeArman, 27, was accidentally shot and killed at a home in Florence Friday after he and three friends had been drinking for several hours, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. 

October 14, 2013 9:41 am
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A Pinal County man who claimed God told him to stab his mother to death, was arrested Oct. 4, 2013, a sheriff’s official said. Joseph Cain Cecil, 38, also is suspected of repeatedly stabbed his 63-year-old aunt. She survived because a neighbor hit him with a shovel several times to stop the …

October 08, 2013 11:13 am
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Police mug shots

Jonathan Zavala-Campa, 23 of Maricopa, was booked into the Pinal County jail in connection with the Sept. 21, 2013, stabbing of two boys, ages 13 and 14. Neither boy knew the suspect. They told police the “walked up to them and began stabbing them for no reason,” according to a sheriff’s rep…

October 04, 2013 2:16 pm
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Police mug shots

Richard Colby, 45 of Mesa, and Janelle Mancuso, 37 of Selah, Washington, were booked into the Pinal County jail Sept. 22, 2013 and face charges of organized retail theft, fraud schemes, possession of forgery device, forgery, criminal impersonation, taking the identity of another person and o…

October 04, 2013 2:17 pm
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Police mug shots

Antonio Velasquez-Hernandez, 36, (a.k.a. Eliberto Morales) of Mexico, was detained Sept. 28, 2013, by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers and booked into the Pinal County jail on a warrant issued out of Florida for aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. The warrant …

October 04, 2013 2:09 pm
Suspects get away, but leave carload of pot behind in Pinal County

Suspects get away, but leave carload of pot behind in Pinal County

Pinal County sheriff's deputies seized six bundles of marijuana weighing 128 pounds and with an estimated street value of $96,000 Sunday. The stash was found after a driver and three passengers led a deputy on a chase before abandoning the car.

September 26, 2013 2:14 pm
3 Pinal County men arrested in multiple home burglaries

3 Pinal County men arrested in multiple home burglaries

Zachary Nelson, 26, Robert Acuna, 37, and John Gaitland, 24, all of Arizona City

September 26, 2013 1:42 pm
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Jose Espinoza, 25 of Maricopa, as booked into the Pinal County jail Sept. 20, 2013, and faces charges of manslaughter in the death of his 6-year-old son. Espinoza is “suspected of being impaired by both alcohol and marijuana” at the time of the rollover crash that killed his son. Neither wer…

September 26, 2013 12:56 pm
Pinal County man arrested in death of 6-year-old; DUI suspected

Pinal County man arrested in death of 6-year-old; DUI suspected

Jose Espinoza, 25 of Maricopa, (in a 2011 booking photo for a possession of marijuana arrest) was arrested after a rollover in Pinal County. His 6-year-old son was ejected in the crash and died at a local hospital.

September 26, 2013 9:39 am
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Police mug shots

Arguellas-Esparza and Arturo Tellez, 28, both of Mexico, were booked into the Pinal County jail Sept. 13, 2013 for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for the 153 pounds of pot found in the SUV. Tellez also was charged with resisting arre…

September 20, 2013 9:18 am
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Benito Alvarado Gonzalez, 42, and Benito Joseph Garcia, 21, both of Casa Grande, were booked into the Pinal County jail Sept. 17, 2013, and face charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale. Pinal County sheriff’s deputies cond…

September 20, 2013 9:08 am
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Damien Soto, 26, was booked into the Pinal County jail Sept. 15, 2013, and faces two counts of arson in connection with fires at two neighboring homes outside of Casa Grande. According to witness reports, “Soto was extremely intoxicated and, in fact, had been also sniffing gasoline from a ra…

September 20, 2013 9:04 am

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