Candidate Finds Cell, Not Support

Candidate Finds Cell, Not Support
Posted by FoM on January 09, 2000 at 07:11:01 PT
By Carol Sowers, The Arizona Republic
Source: Arizona Central
Desmond Peartree arrived early at a Republican Party meeting Saturday to set up a booth touting his campaign for the state Legislature. He shook hands with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was at the meeting to talk about the dangers of drugs, and then asked for the lawman's support. 
A few hours later, Peartree, 43, was arrested by Arpaio's chief deputy after two children said they spotted him sniffing something in the parking lot. Soon, Peartree was sitting in the sheriff's jail, accused of drug possession. A 9-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister said they witnessed Peartree handling a gun in his truck, as well as inhaling a white powder. They told some Sheriff's Posse members. Arpaio, who praised the unidentified kids, said, "At the time I was shaking his hand, I didn't know he had drugs in his possession." Peartree told officials he was at the meeting at Central High School, 4545 N. Central Ave., to campaign for a legislative seat in District 25. But Democratic Sen. Chris Cummiskey, who represents the central Phoenix district, said he had never heard of him. "And we're keeping close track of who might be running," he said. It isn't clear whether Peartree is aiming for a House or Senate seat. Maybe neither, now. He was arrested after Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott intercepted Peartree at his truck. Sgt. Dave Trombi, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said Hendershott "saw white powder" under Peartree's nose and found a vial containing what appeared to be a quarter-gram of cocaine in his front pants pocket. A dog also sniffed out marijuana in Peartree's truck, and Hendershott found a .357 Magnum in the console. Peartree has a permit to carry the weapon, but Arpaio said it is illegal to bring a gun to school. Worse, Arpaio said, "he parked in a drug-free zone."  Published: January 9, 2000Copyright 2000, Arizona Central
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Comment #2 posted by freedom warrior on June 13, 2000 at 09:19:35 PT:
stop the bullshit
fuck the drug war!
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Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on January 09, 2000 at 07:30:27 PT
Another prime example of stupidity in high places
Talk about hypocrisy: the guy is trying for the law enforcement vote, parrotting just what they want to hear. Had he been elected, he would have been just the typoe to increase penalties for possession of all kinds. He glad-hands one of the most ruthless sherrifs in America, hoping to win his support.And then goes out for a toot. If anything, this goes to prove beyond any doubt the corrosive influence of the WoSD. Or as one wise old Roman lawyer put it: Who shall guard the guardians? They certainly need it.
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