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Anthony Lara Arrested for Marijuana and Firearms Violations
Posted: 12/24/2012 12:00 AM
On Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 11:40 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was assisting the Tohono O’Odham Police Department with a shots fired call in their village. Law enforcement was looking for a light colored truck which allegedly fled the scene after the shots were fired. (Information related to the shots fired call will have to be obtained from the Tohono O’Odham Police Department)
At 11:43 p.m. a citizen called in to advise a vehicle in the area of Chu Chu Road and Battaglia Road was driving on one of its rims. The reporting party was concerned the vehicle was going to catch fire because of the sparks flying from it. The caller also felt the driver of the vehicle was “running from someone.”
The vehicle a 1997 Ford truck was located a short time later on Shedd Road just east of Chu Chu Road in a ditch. As the deputy approached the vehicle, he could see it didn’t have a tire but rather just a rim on the passenger’s side rear.
As deputies approached closer, they observed a male subject standing outside of the vehicle. When the male saw the deputies, he got back inside of the vehicle. The male was then ordered out of the vehicle. The male began to yell profanities and something about a “pigs mother.” Eventually he was detained in handcuffs.
When asked if anybody else was in the vehicle he said no but there were 3 guns and marijuana inside of it. The male was later identified as Anthony Lara (age 19 of Casa Grande). Lara said he was a “Medical Marijuana Card Holder in California.”
In the vehicle, deputies located a Glock 17 handgun which was loaded, a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber handgun, .357 caliber handgun, 7 glass jars containing hydroponic marijuana and marijuana smoking pipes.
The .357 caliber handgun was later discovered to be stolen.
Lara was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for 3 counts of Possessing a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony Offense, 1 count of Possession of Marijuana, 9 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 1 count of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and 3 counts of Possession of a Firearm (under the age of 21) in a Vehicle.
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Tim Gaffney

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