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The Pima County Sheriff's Department is seeing red over "Operation Stonegarden"

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted against approving the PCSD’s “Operation Stonegarden”, which has the department now seeing red.

Sheriff Mark Napier, sent out a two page memo, detailing what “Operation Stonegarden” is about, and what a loss it would be to the department as well as the citizens it protects.

Pima County Board Chairman Richard Elias says, he voted no based on the information given to them by the Sheriff’s Department.

According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, in 2017, "Operation Stonegarden", had 400 operations resulting in:

  • 4,000 lbs. of marijuana seized
  • 91 lbs. of meth seized
  • 160 felony arrests         

Sgt. Dawn Barkman, originally signed up for "Operation Stonegarden" in 2004, helping patrol the rural areas of Pima County.

Barkman says, “It allows the deputies to take criminal activity out of the rural areas and make it safe for citizens.”

Sheriff Napier ends the memo urging the board to place "Operation Stonegarden" on a future agenda, for future consideration.

The item can be brought up at the next meeting, February 20, 2018.

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