Sent on 12/24/2014 3:30:11 PM
On December 23, 2014, at approximately 6:00 PM, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) dismantled an illegal alcohol distilling operation at an apartment complex located at 2300 West Ina Road. Upon request of family members, deputies with the Sheriff’s Foothills District conducted a welfare check at this address. While making contact with the 25-year-old male resident, deputies made suspicious observations and called for further assistance. The investigation revealed the presence of an illegal still and deplorable living conditions within the apartment. Deputies also located numerous weapons, to include two assault rifles and several thousand rounds of ammunition. The young man also suffered from various untreated injuries and infections. The subject in this case has had numerous contacts with deputies dating back to 2006. While interacting with investigators at the scene, deputies experienced him as mentally unstable. He was referred to the mental health system and is receiving healthcare for his other conditions. The investigation is still ongoing.