ALL TRUCKED UP
APRIL 12, 12:05 A.M.
An alleged drug-user's story about a confrontation with two people fell apart when he was confronted by deputies, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.
Deputies responded to a report of a fight on a residential street. When they arrived, a neighborhood resident told them that a man and woman involved in the fight had fled in a truck, leaving behind another man involved.
Deputies found that man, crying hysterically, at a nearby house. The man told them he had been working on a truck belonging to two of his friends (whose last names he didn't know). He said that when he finished the work, the friends asked him to accompany them to another house.
When they arrived, the friends handed him a candy wrapper, told him it contained drugs, and asked him to put it in the mailbox, which he said he did.
Then, he said, the friends took off in the truck, while yelling at him, "This is what you get. ... We are trying to teach you a lesson not to take so long (while) working on people's trucks."
It first appeared that the subject was innocent of any wrongdoing. However, he was searched and found to be in possession of an assortment of drug paraphernalia, including needles, cotton balls, a metal spoon, a tourniquet and a pipe. Deputies noted that his arms were covered with needle tracks.
The man then admitted that he had delivered the drugs for the truck's owners because they promised to give him drugs in return.
Deputies arrested him.
JUST ANOTHER DAY IN THE DESERT
SOUTH DESERT ROSE DRIVE
APRIL 15, 12:23 P.M.
A man went free after possibly trying to steal a saguaro, a PCSD report stated.
A caller told deputies he'd been riding his quad in the desert, and had seen a man and a woman trying to dig a saguaro out of the ground. He said he asked them what they were doing, and the man replied that they were burying a cat. They left in a minivan without the cactus, he said.
When deputies met with the vehicle's owner, he said he'd lent it to a man living in a trailer behind his property. That man told deputies he'd simply been "killing time" in the desert by "picking up rocks" while waiting for a side job to start. He denied trying to dig up a saguaro and insisted that his line about burying a cat had been "sarcastic."
The report made no mention of the woman seen with him.