Has Arizona finally gone so mad that it is now fighting the War On Drugs on a new front against dead celebrities?
Would that really be the craziest thing that law enforcement in Arizona has done under the guiding influence of Sherriff Joe Arpaio? Probably not, but the two guys who got busted are not THOSE Robin Williams and Tupac.
Suspects by the names Robin Williams and Tupac were arrested with more than 100 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Payson Sunday.
Albuquerque residents Robin Williams, 21, Tupac Crum, 19, and Erick Harris Jr., 22, were all arrested and booked into the Gila County jail on drug charges.
Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped a white Chevrolet pickup for a traffic violation as it was headed north on State Route 87 at milepost 250.
Troopers determined that there were “indicators of criminal activity,” and a K9 officer was brought to the scene, along with a National Forest Service K9.
A search of the vehicle yielded five large plastic-wrapped packages of marijuana in a tool box and equipment box in the bed of the truck. The marijuana inside had a street value of about $69,000, according to Arizona DPS.
The DPS Gila/Navajo County Narcotics Unit is conducting the investigation, while Tonto Apache Reservation Police and Tonto National Forest Service Law Enforcement assisted.
There is a lesson to be learned here, though. These guys could have possibly prevented their arrest.
The report is not clear what the officer meant by “indicators of criminal activity” – but it does not specify that they had probable cause to detain the men while awaiting the arrival of a K9 unit. Without some kind of evidence of a specific crime they were being detained for, the men would have been free to go.
In all likelihood the officer used intimidation and lies to convince them that they must stick around and incriminate themselves so that the officer could criminalize them. It happens all of the time and it could happen to you if you do not get informed and know your rights.
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