4-Month drug investigation leads to Mesa woman's arrest

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Lisa George, 28 By Catherine Holland Lisa George, 28 By Catherine Holland

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -- Responding to a Craiglists.com ad requesting marijuana landed a Mesa woman behind bars in Pinal County where she now faces a slew of drug-related charges.

Detectives arrested Lisa George, 28, earlier this week in the culmination of a four-month investigation by the Pinal County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force.

It started in August when George replied to a Craigslist ad posted by somebody looking for marijuana. Undercover detectives were behind that ad.

"Over the course of the next four months, detectives and George arranged three separate meetings in Apache Junction, where detectives attempted to buy marijuana from her," according to a news release from PCSO.

Investigators said George sent her boyfriend to the first meeting in August, then showed up herself for the second in September.

At the third meeting, which took place on Dec. 16, PCSO said she sold an undercover detective a quarter-pound of marijuana. That's when the task force arrested her.

"A search warrant was then executed on her residence [in Mesa], where detectives found a 'half pound' of marijuana, $642 USD and drug paraphernalia," according to the news release.

George was being held on a $1,500 secured bond.

In addition to the various drug-related charges George faces in Pinal County, charges will be forwarded to Maricopa County for the marijuana and paraphernalia at the residence and three counts of child endangerment…."

Detectives say the marijuana they found in George home was "on a kitchen counter within reach of children present."

PSCO said it also plans to pursue charges against George's boyfriend for his alleged participation in the initial drug sale.