Three fires in San Manuel are said to have been intentional and have led to the arrest of a 16-year-old male on charges of arson. However, the investigation into these fires has also led to the arrest of one of the arson victims on drug charges. Tydel Ray, of San Manuel, was recently arrested by the Pinal County Sherriff’s Department for cultivating and possessing marijuana.
According to authorities, one of the fires set by the suspected arsonist involved Mr. Ray’s car. In fact, Mr. Ray initially encountered deputies as he was trying to put out the fire engulfing his 1983 Chevrolet El Camino. Authorities state that there was a possible argument between Ray and the arsonist before the fire was started.
When the Sherriff’s Department deputies came back to speak with Mr. Ray about the incident, they noted marijuana plants in Mr. Ray’s home. A search warrant was obtained, and bags of marijuana, plants, and drug paraphernalia were found. Ray was arrested for marijuana possession, suspected marijuana cultivation, and drug paraphernalia. Ray has admitted to cultivating the plants, and he has also stated that he is not a medical marijuana cardholder.
Because Arizona law is very harsh when it comes to drug offenses, Mr. Ray could be facing prison time, fines, and a felony record if he is convicted. If you have been charged with marijuana possession or cultivation, don’t wait to get help. The Phoenix drug lawyers with Curry, Pearson & Wooten are available at any time to speak with you about your options after marijuana arrest.