Fentanyl deaths from ‘Mexican oxy’ pills hit Arizona hard
February 13, 2019- Aaron Francisco Chavez swallowed at least one of the sky blue pills at a Halloween party before falling asleep forever.
19-year-old who died from overdose at south side home identified
November 2, 2018- The 19-year-old who died from an apparent overdose in connection to Thursday’s heavy police and fire personnel presence on the south side has been identified.
Veterinarians on alert for opioid misuse by pet owners
October 26, 2018-You take your dog or cat to the veterinarian so they can be treated for an illness or injury. Usually, that help could come with some kind of medication.
Meth menace grows in shadow of opioid crisis
August 14, 2018- Over the past several years, we have heard a lot about Arizona's opioid crisis, and what is being done to try to solve it. However, experts say methamphetamine and the destruction it causes shows no sign of letting up.
Crime Trackers: Mother speaks out after son dies of fentanyl overdose
May 29, 2018- The last time Patricia Bohard saw her son was December 23, 2017.
Split panel discussion about legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona
May 21, 2018- In 2016 Prop 205 to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona was defeated. Now the talk is back to legalize recreational marijuana.
Crime Trackers: Drug dealers responsible for overdose deaths will be prosecuted
May 17, 2018- A Tucson man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide that resulted in the death of 29-year-old Tyler LeDonne.
Counterfeit pills with carfentanil seized in the Phoenix area
May 17, 2019- Law enforcement officials say investigators in the Phoenix area have seized counterfeit pills that include carfentanil.
Carfentanil death has law enforcement warning of danger
April 16, 2018- The first confirmed death in Arizona from the opioid Carfentanil has been reported and law enforcement officials are putting out the warning.
April 5, 2018- As doctors are prescribing fewer legitimate opioids, some people are concerned about unintended consequences.
March 19, 2018- Fatal fentanyl overdoses continue to rise as prescription narcotics are no longer available on the black market.
ARIZONA'S OPIOID EMERGENCY
December 16, 2017- Arizona has seen a rising opioid problem in the last year, and the impact on Southern Arizona is evident.
Police crime lab tests identify seized pharmaceutical drugs as being fake
October 11, 2017- After testing multiple seizures of pills represented as the pharmaceutical product oxycodone hydrochloride, the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab found that these pills were illicit (fake) pills that were produced in a clandestine laboratory and not to FDA regulated standards.
Man Indicted for Selling Fentanyl That Caused Overdose
August 24, 2017- The largest seizure of fentanyl occurred in Phoenix one week ago. Now another first, Pima County is prosecuting a man for allegedly selling the dangerous drug to a man who overdosed and died.
Deadly White china drug hitting the streets of tucson
June 29, 2017- A new deadly drug is hitting the streets of Tucson and local law enforcement is highly concerned about the impact it could have on our community.
TPD Officer Saves Local Man's Life during drug overdose
June 26, 2017- Tucson News Now spoke to the Tucson Police officer who helped save a local man’s life as he was overdosing on drugs.
Fentanyl a deadly danger for tucson crime lab
June 8, 2017- Tucked away from the drug busts and seizures on the streets of southern Arizona, the Tucson Police Department Crime Lab has increased its safety measures to protect against a deadly substance, Fentanyl.
More Potent Drugs Endanger Police Dogs
June 8, 2017- Modern street drugs are so dangerous -- contact with just a trace could kill police---and the canine partners who help them search for drugs.
More people dying from unintentionally taking powerful drug
May 14, 2017- More people are dying of fentanyl overdoses because they are unintentionally taking the drug.
Pima County Medical Examiner Greg Hess just calculated the 2016 overdose numbers for his office. In 2016 there were 16 fatal fentanyl overdoses in Pima County. There were 14 in 2015 and 5 in 2014.
TPD breaks up violent home invasion crew
February 20, 2017- It's one of the most dangerous and violent home invasion groups Tucson police has investigated in recent memory. Tucson police said this group is tied into homicides, drugs and money laundering.
Tucson smoke shop shutdown after spice raid
January 26, 2017- One man has been arrested and a Tucson smoke shop has been shuttered after authorities raided the business Wednesday night.
Narcan and fake pills fuel anti-opioid efforts in southern Arizona
January 11, 2017- Approximately 5,000 counterfeit pills were pulled off the streets of Tucson in 2016, according to the Counter Narcotics Alliance.
3 Accused of illegal 'spice' sales at Tucson Smoke Shop
November 29, 2016- Tucson Police arrested three men Monday night who are suspected of selling the illegal drug "spice" out of a local smoke shop, authorities said.
Tucson Police officers supplied with Narcan, an antidote to opioid overdose
November 21, 2016- Tucson Police Department officers are supplied with Naxolone, or Narcan, which is an antidote to opioid overdose.
Home invasion crew arrested at Tucson hotel
July 7, 2016- An alleged home invasion crew has been arrested in Tucson by Tucson Police Department officers and Counter Narcotics Alliance agents.
TPD's new approach to deadly drug use
June 30, 2016- Heroin overdoses left 93 people dead in Pima County last year, according to the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office.
Heather Ruiz, a recovering addict in Tucson, is thankful not to be one of those deaths because she's experienced to much loss already.
$1.2 Million pot-growing operation found at northwest side home
June 20, 2012- Two men were arrested Monday on charges of growing marijuana valued at more than $1.2 million in a Northwest Side residence, the Pima County Sheriff's Department said.
15 arrested in heroin trafficking investigation
February 22, 2012- Fifteen people were arrested and more than 9 pounds of heroin were seized following a seven-month, multi-agency investigation into heroin trafficking in Tucson, TPD announced Wednesday.
Tucson police raid strip club, 5 arrested on drug counts
March 19, 2010- Five people were arrested on drug charges Thursday night at a midtown strip club where two fatal shootings occurred last year.