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Heroin laws in Arizona

The state of Arizona is known for having particularly tough laws regarding the possession of and the selling of heroin. Depending upon the person's criminal past, even simple possession could result in a lengthy prison sentence and an expensive fine. Consequences for trafficking or selling of heroin can be even more severe.

Under Arizona law, possession of heroin is a Class 4 felony. Thus, the consequences are automatically assumed to be a minimum of two years and six months in prison. However, the drug charge can be potentially changed to a Class 1 misdemeanor depending upon the street value of the amount the person was accused of being in possession of. The selling of heroin is considered to be a Class 3 felony while trafficking heroin is a Class 2 felony. Both of these charges have associated consequences that are more severe than possession.

New charges laid against parole absconder

A 42-year-old man from Arizona who was previously charged in a hit-and-run death faced 11 more charges on Aug. 7. The new charges, based in Mohave County, included felony kidnapping, aggravated assault, evading arrest, disorderly conduct with a weapon, endangerment and five counts of weapon misconduct.

The charges stem from a March incident. The man was a passenger in a vehicle and supposedly pointed a gun at the driver so that he could continue to flee from law enforcement. Authorities were unable to successfully catch the passenger at the time of the incident; after searching the vehicle, they reportedly located two guns. Within days, the man reportedly stole another vehicle, and a separate indictment was released for theft. He is now held on a bond of $1 million.

Police take 13 into custody on drug, stolen property charges

Following a seven-month investigation, Arizona police officers searched four locations and took 13 people into custody on the morning of July 30. The investigation began after Gilbert citizens contacted police with allegations that residents in the homes were selling stolen property, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine. Three of the residences are located in Gilbert and one is located in Chandler.

Officers say that they seized several large bales of marijuana and around one dozen allegedly stolen bicycles from two of the homes. One residence had no electricity or water service. Ten people were taken into custody at that location. According to law enforcement officers, search warrants were served on all four residences. The investigation is ongoing, and police are expected to take more individuals into custody.

Arizona man charged after bringing gun into airport

A 54-year-old Arizona man who was accused of pointing an AR15 rifle at individuals who were inside Sky Harbor International Airport was taken into police custody on July 25. According to the report, the alleged incident occurred at Terminal 4 in front of the 'B' gates in the unsecured portion of the airport. When interviewed by the authorities, the man claimed that he had gone to the airport for a cup of coffee.

An officer who was on the scene reported that the man was removing the rifle from his shoulder. In doing so, the muzzle allegedly faced a mother and her 17-year-old daughter. They told officers that they feared for their safety. As a result, the man was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct with a weapon, which is a felony. As part of the conditions of his release, he was told that he could not possess any weapons.

Woman charged following fatal drug-related attempted robbery

Reports say that 22-year-old woman is facing multiple charges following an alleged drug deal that turned into an attempted robbery and murder in Arizona. According to police, the woman and her boyfriend had plotted to rob a man of his marijuana when he arrived at her Phoenix apartment to sell it to the couple. The man allegedly had 50 pounds of marijuana, and police say the couple had convinced him that they planned to buy it for $22,000.

According to reports, the dealer and a woman described as the go-between arrived at the woman's apartment, and the woman's boyfriend emerged from a closet with a gun. Police say that he forced the dealer and the go-between to the ground, but as he was attempting to tie them up, he got into a struggle with the dealer. He was shot in the head while the dealer was shot in the torso, and both men died.

Man detained after Arizona BB gun hostage-taking episode

An alleged burglar has been detained by Pima County deputies in the aftermath of a home robbery gone wrong. The 21-year-old man was allegedly in the process of burgling a home when the homeowner surprised him and took the man's pistol. However, the man was then able to regain control of the situation after the homeowner went outside to contact authorities; the man allegedly discovered a BB gun that resembled an assault rifle inside the home and used it to take the homeowner hostage when he returned inside.

Deputies say that they ordered the man to go to the ground when they arrived. Instead, the man allegedly turned and took aim at one of the deputies, leading to the deputy shooting the man. The man survived and was transported to a hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. He was charged with burglary in the first degree as well as two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Son of well-known actor detained on drug charges

Arizona residents may be interested in a recent drug case involving the 20-year-old son of the actor Robert Downey Jr. On June 29, authorities detained the 20-year-old man on suspicion of drug possession after a traffic stop in West Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Reportedly, the actor's son was one of three occupants of a vehicle that was pulled over by authorities for an undisclosed reason. While authorities did not detain the other two occupants, they did take the actor's son into custody on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine, the LASD stated. The 20-year-old man reportedly faces an August 29 court date in connection with the incident.

Police searching for man who allegedly robbed gas station

It was reported on June 28 that the authorities were searching for a man who was believed to be involved in the robbery of a Phoenix gas station. According to the report, the incident occurred at a SuperPumper store located near the intersection of Tatum and Shea boulevards on June 10 at approximately 9 p.m.

The man was accused of pulling a handgun on the clerk. She told the authorities that the man told her to give him the money and that he did not want to hurt her. After being handed the money, the man fled from the scene on foot.

Arizona father and son sentenced to 15 years

Media sources report that a Maricopa County father and son have both been sentenced to serve 15 years in prison in connection to various drug charges. Police initially took the men, ages 47 and 24, into custody after allegedly accusing them of running a widespread drug trafficking operation that transported narcotics to the East Coast and Midwest.

As part of their investigation, police reportedly seized approximately $400,000 in assets including numerous weapons and vehicles. In addition, authorities accused the two of having earned more than $1 million in the course of trafficking more than 1,300 pounds of marijuana from Mesa. The pair was among 12 others that were reportedly indicted in connection to the case.

Man faces charges after shooting at moon

A 39-year-old Arizona man was taken into custody in Prescott after he allegedly fired a handgun at the moon while inside a local residence, according to media sources. Reports indicate that the man is now facing seven charges in connection with the June 6 incident, including endangerment, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

The other occupants of the residence reportedly left the building after hearing several shots fired. These witnesses told officials that the man had started firing out of a window after commenting that he had seen Halley's Comet. During the investigation, the man told law enforcement officials that he did not intend to hurt anyone with the firearm, and no injuries were reported at the residence.