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.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: “We attempt to mitigate the odor with HEPA [High Efficiency Particulate Arresting] filters in the property section, where evidence and property are stored, but they can become overwhelmed when we receive large seizures,” says the officer in charge of the property department at police HQ. “There is a day or two prior to the marijuana being tested at the lab, when the bulk of the marijuana is stored in an area, that the filters do not have great success.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The U.S. Navy is currently embroiled in one of the biggest scandals to rock the service in recent memory, with the main targets of a recently unsealed grand jury indictment being nine officers, including Stephen Shedd. The group, whose self-generated nicknames included “The Cool Kids,” “The Band of Brothers,” “The Brotherhood,” “The Wolfpack,” the “Familia” and “The Lion King’s Harem,” allegedly provided confidential shipping schedules and the like to Malaysian defense contractor Leonard Francis, aka “Fat Leonard,” in exchange for bribes such as party time with prostitutes. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Courtney Plante has taken a plea agreement in regard to attempted-murder allegations against her and significant other Sean Overstreet dating back to January 2016, when she was nineteen and he was 37. The deal trims time off Plante’s possible sentence but doesn’t let her off the hook for a crime against a former teacher of hers that was as violent as it was bizarre. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Notorious criminal impersonator James Hogue has pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies and one misdemeanor over an illegal shack he built on the property of a glamorous ski area. They’re the latest convictions in a bizarre life of lies. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: James Hogue, a onetime teen impersonator recently named the sixth most famous con man of all-time has been sentenced to six years in prison for the latest oddball acts in a criminal career full of them, involving an illegal shack built on the grounds of a ski area. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Cameron Korth has gone on quite a journey. In 2012, Utah’s branch of the American Red Cross named him a “Youth Good Samaritan Hero” for his efforts on behalf of a child he’d connected with through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. But five years later, the now-twenty-year-old is facing federal charges for allegedly making a false bomb threat on a flight to Denver, adding to a criminal history he blamed in part on doing drugs with a stripper. Westword has the story.
Imagine every conceivable moment when your pants might spontaneously burst into flames. Got them all? OK, now which one would be the single most absurd?
Here’s a good one: You’re standing in front of a jury, arguing that your client didn’t purposely set his car on fire — because it spontaneously combusted. Oops, just like your pants!
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The city has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by fourteen people detained at gunpoint by police officers for over an hour during a clumsy search for a man who’d robbed a nearby bank while wearing a beekeeper’s suit. Westword has the story.