Author Ray Stern

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The driver of a hearse filled with 68 pounds of marijuana told federal agents on Saturday that he had taken up smuggling because his Tucson funeral-services business “had been slow.

In a story that made headlines nationally, Christian Lee Zuniga, 28, a U.S. citizen from Nogales, Arizona, was arrested after agents became suspicious of him and his hearse and found the pot, court records show.

The Phoenix New Times has the rest of the story.

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Arizona pistol-shooting champion Matt Burkett was arrested this week following a fraud indictment related to his Scottsdale firearms manufacturing business, Predator Tactical.

Burkett stands accused of ripping off his customers, according to a six-page federal grand jury indictment from February 1 filed in the U.S. District Court of Missouri.

He was picked up and booked into federal custody on Tuesday on an arrest warrant. At a hearing on Thursday, Arizona U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns ordered him to be released from detention. He’s being represented by a federal public defender.

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An Arizona woman has been caught up in the federal investigation into an alleged child pornographer in Colorado.

On August 4, authorities charged 39-year-old Sarah Cox of Clarkdale with three counts of knowingly receiving child pornography. The complaint, filed in Arizona U.S. District Court by Homeland Security Investigations, alleges that Cox and Richard Hennis of Colorado Springs exchanged explicit online messages in which Cox described her desire to sexually abuse a friend’s 3-year-old daughter.

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Frank Antenori, a former Arizona state senator who’s in Cleveland this week as one of Arizona’s 58 Republican delegates, has been convicted of unlawfully entering a military base.

The ex-Green Beret, who lives in Cochise, pleaded guilty in federal court last month to a charge of entering a military reservation for an illegal purpose, a Class B federal misdemeanor.

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It has been 15 years since Robert Fisher allegedly butchered his wife and two children before blowing up the family’s Scottsdale home.

After more than a decade on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, Fisher has yet to be apprehended. But the 15-year anniversary, coupled with recent media coverage, has fueled a slew of new tips that investigators say might finally lead to his capture.

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