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Three Separate Narcotics Investigations Lead to Arrests, $830,000 in Drugs Seized
FLORENCE, AZ — Three separate narcotics investigations have resulted in numerous arrests and over $830,000 in methamphetamine and marijuana seized.
Two Arrested in Toltec Meth Bust

One part of the truck’s drug load as it’s being processed into evidence.


Toltec, AZ — On May 22, 2012, members of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Narcotics Task Force arrested two suspects during a traffic stop.
During a month-long investigation that began with a tip to PCSO, deputies working undercover observed two subjects identified as Joshua Beets, 23, of Casa Grande and Clerissa Guanajuato, 26, of Casa Grande dealing drugs from a residential home in Toltec.
A traffic stop was conducted after Beets and Guanajuanto left the residence in a vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up a plastic bag containing 113 grams (4.13 oz.) of crystal methamphetamine. The street value of the meth seized is appproximately $4,000.
Beets and Guanajuanto were booked into the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center on charges of Possession of a Dangerous Drug and Manufacturing. In late March Beets was arrested by PCSO on charges of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell.
Drugs Brought to Florence School by Teen Leads Deputies to Father
Florence, AZ — On May 23, 2012 members with the PCSO Narcotics Task Force were called by the Florence Police Department to help investigate a drug case after a 13-year-old boy brought marijuana to school. The boy told detectives he’d gotten the drugs from his father. Deputies arrived at the home where the boy lives and made contact with the father, identified as Jason Kendrick, 36. Kendrick allowed detectives to search his home and found a plastic bin containing approximately eight pounds of packaged Hydroponics Marijuana valued at $28,000. Kendricks said he got the drugs from a family member out of state. Charges have been forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.
Task Force Locates Over 1,500 pounds. of Marijuana Packed in Stolen Truck
Vekol Valley, AZ — On May 24, 2012 deputies working with the West Desert Task Force located a stolen GMC pickup traveling on east Interstate 8. At mile marker 150 the truck turned north through an open gate and attempted to conceal the truck in thick brush. Task Force members utilizing air support provided by PCSO located the truck containing 1,625 pounds of marijuana. A search of the area for two subjects turned up negative results.
The West Desert Task Force (WDTF) is a collaboration between the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Tucson Sector Border Patrol, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
“These three cases paint a clear picture behind the drug trade here in Pinal County. Drugs are being shipped in and manufactured in our back yards and once on the streets, can make their way into schools,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “This is why we have a Narcotics Task Force and participate in multi-agency operations. Despite budget cuts that make this fight more challenging, we will push back on the flow of narcotics in our county and prosecute those who are involved.”


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