Pinal County deputies arrest 'career criminal' after drugs, gun found in Jeep

Brian Westhoven

Credit: Pinal County Sheriff's Office

Brian Westhoven

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 12:20 PM

ARIZONA CITY, Ariz. -- A convicted felon was arrested after Pinal County sheriff's deputies reported finding drugs and a handgun in his vehicle.

Brian Westhoven, 50, of Eloy, is being held on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, misconduct involving weapons, and a weapons offense involving narcotics.

Sgt. Pat Ramirez with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said Westhoven has numerous past felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Westhoven was arrested April 8 in the parking lot of the Sun Lite Market in Arizona City after someone called 911 about a possible vehicle theft in progress.

Ramirez said the caller reported the suspect was using a screwdriver to try to start a Jeep Wrangler.

Deputies found Westhoven leaning into the vehicle's open driver's side door. They also saw Lawanna Nabors, 47, of Arizona City, standing outside the passenger side. When the pair saw the deputies, they both quickly walked away from the vehicle in opposite directions.

Both were detained by the deputies, who determined the vehicle belonged to Westhoven. He claimed his girlfriend broke the key in the ignition and he was attempting to start the Jeep with a screwdriver.

Deputies said they found marijuana, methamphetamine, a digital scale, a meth pipe, a handgun and $7,000 in cash inside the vehicle.

Nabors was arrested and booked into the Pinal County jail on a felony probation warrant.

"Brian is a career criminal who has spent years behind bars already," Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a news release. "Now he will realize his drug selling days are over."

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