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May 8, 2023

5 inmates at metro Phoenix jail treated for drug overdoses

Five inmates at a Maricopa County jail have been treated and released from hospitals after overdosing, according to authorities.

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Apr 10, 2023

7 women in Maricopa County jail recovering after overdosing

Maricopa County authorities say several women who overdosed in a Phoenix jail are expected to survive.

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Feb 23, 2023

Fight against fentanyl continues as drug seizures rise

The Arizona border has become the nexus point for the trafficking of fentanyl into the country. Approximately 22 million fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were seized in Arizona in 2022, according to Jodie Underwood, spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration Phoenix Field Division. This accounts for more than 43% of the 50.6 million pills seized nationwide.

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Feb 8, 2023

Arizona lawmakers agree to disagree on Biden’s border, fentanyl plans

Arizona lawmakers agreed with President Joe Biden’s call in his State of the Union address Tuesday to secure American borders and fight fentanyl trafficking, but they disagreed on how to get there.

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Feb 1, 2023

Drug trafficking homicide bill fails in House Judiciary committee 

For the second year in a row, a bill that would establish homicide charges to individuals who sell drugs that contribute to a person’s death will not become law.  

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Jan 26, 2023

Republicans advance bill that would boost penalties for fentanyl suppliers

Republicans in the state Senate are working to greatly boost the penalties for people who supply the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, advancing a bill on Thursday that would subject someone who makes, transports or sells the drug to life in prison or the death penalty if someone dies after taking the drug.

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Jan 18, 2023

Hobbs, legislature should prioritize funding for Border Strike Task Force

As the head of agencies that benefit from the state investment in law enforcement activities related to border crime, the Arizona Sheriff’s Association members urge Gov. Katie Hobbs to consider the important work done using the border task force dollars that have gone for local law enforcement throughout the state.

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Jan 11, 2023

Maricopa County detention officer accused of smuggling drugs

A Maricopa County detention officer has been arrested for attempting to smuggle drugs into the jail system. Sheriff Paul Penzone announced the arrest of officer Andres Salazar at a news conference today.

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Nov 28, 2022

As cartels use social media to push fentanyl, experts teach parents how to protect kids

Experts say as more kids today are getting fentanyl-laced opioids from anonymous dealers online, it’s crucial for parents to understand what’s happening to prevent the problem from escalating.

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Oct 25, 2022

Heat deaths in Arizona’s biggest county outpace last year’s

This summer was the deadliest on record for heat-associated fatalities in Arizona's largest county amid a growing wave of homelessness. Public health statistics this week confirmed a record 359 such deaths just days before the end of the six-month heat season.

Feb 28, 2022

Biden ignores border crisis

My inner optimist says most Biden supporters don’t yet recognize the ultimate risk from radical left policies of power-drunk politicians, guarded by media and tech giants. My darker angel says too many already know but won’t fight, not even for their child’s liberty and safety.  

May 20, 2021

From tragedy comes a bill to save lives

Exactly one year after 25-year-old Landon Marsh died of a fentanyl overdose, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Marsh’s mother drafted to prevent other young people from unknowingly ingesting the drug.