Arizona has a graduated system of penalties for drunk driving offenses. Depending on the number of prior DUI convictions within a certain number of years, a person could face increasingly more serious charges, including felony DUI. While the potential consequences get worse for defendants as they move up this graduated system, even the lowest-level charge is not a trifle. A first-time DUI charge in Arizona carries with it a mandatory minimum jail term.
An alleged drug ring that used truck washes along Interstate 10 to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine has been busted. The operation, coded "Big Rig," started after law enforcement officers received a tip about individuals allegedly selling narcotics to truck drivers, among others. Law enforcement's efforts resulted in eight arrests connected to the alleged ring. Those taken into custody face a variety of drug charges, including transportation of a dangerous drug and possession of a dangerous drug for sale.
A Phoenix couple was arrested recently and charged with multiple felonies for their alleged part in a child sex crime. The arrest stems from an alleged incident where the husband invited a young male into his home. Once the male was in his home, the man supposedly offered him money to play a game and engage in sexual activity. Additionally, the man is accused of displaying pornographic material to the child. The child left the home and informed his parents of the alleged incident, which eventually resulted in a search warrant being issued for the home.
"Operation Independence," a program designed to find and arrest fugitives, resulted in more than 25 arrests for alleged felony offenses. The initiative's law enforcement task force of 30 officers drew from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Marshals and other agencies. The operation in Arizona targeted violent offenders for arrest.