Convicted felon arrested after drugs, guns found in Casa Grande home

Henry Albert Marquardt

Credit: Pinal County Sheriff's Office

Henry Albert Marquardt

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 1:27 PM

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A convicted felon suspected of dealing illegal drugs out of his Casa Grande home was arrested earlier this week.

Authorities serving a search warrant at the home of Henry Albert Marquardt, 47, Monday afternoon saw him walking down the street and took him into custody without incident, according to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Gaffney said Marquardt had a gram of methamphetamines and an air soft pistol that was fabricated to look like a real handgun.

Authorities searched Marquardt's home and said they found several more modified air soft weapons, a .38-caliber handgun, several glass pipes, other types of drug paraphernalia and numerous rounds of ammunition. They also found 13 unlabeled pill bottles containing an assortment of prescription drugs and additional methamphetamines in Marquardt's bedroom.

Gaffney said the front door to the residence was screwed closed from the inside to prevent any entry into the home and there was a security camera mounted above the door.

Marquardt was booked into the Pinal County Jail for possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, misconduct involving a weapon (prohibited possessor), and fortifying a structure with the intent to suppress law enforcement.

Additional charges are pending regarding the large quantity of prescription-only medication found in the residence.

Marquardt is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess any firearms. Since 2012, he has been arrested in Pinal County for probation and parole violations, several drug offenses, unlawful flight, burglary, traffic offenses and numerous times he has been arrested for outstanding warrants.

The Coolidge Police Department helped the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force with the investigation.
 

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