Written by attorney Howard A Snader

Drug Bust in the West Valley yields 50 lbs. of Meth

The Drug Suppression Task Force cites information received from the Phoenix Police department as key in busting a meth lab near the intersection of W. Thomas and N. 83rd Avenue in the West Valley this week. The sheriff deputies recovered 50 pounds of drugs and discovered a meth lab on the property. The drugs are estimated at $1.5 million. In addition to the meth lab and drugs, deputies seized three vehicles, a handgun, $25,000 cash, and an All-terrain vehicle.

Suspected illegal immigrants, Saul Zuniga-Leon and Alejandro Mendoza-Enriquez were arrested in connection with the drug bust. They face charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, equipment or chemicals being used for manufacturing drugs, and of drug paraphernalia.

Under Arizona drug possession laws, possession of dangerous drugs alone is considered a class one misdemeanor and is punishable by 6 months in jail and monetary fines up to $2,500; however, when possession exceeds a personal use amount, nine grams for methamphetamine, only a mandatory prison sentence is an option for conviction. Prison convictions can range from 3 to 12 ½ years. Prior convictions increase the mandatory prison sentence range up to 35 years in prison.

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