10 Meth-iest Crimes (Allegedly) Committed by Arizona Meth-Heads
Few places in the world have meth-heads like Arizona does.
While the number of exploding meth labs isn't as high as it used to be, the meth users still seem to be as high as ever. Now, after much research of the New Times criminal meth-head archives, we bring you 10 of the absolute meth-iest crimes allegedly committed by Arizona meth-heads:
How do you get closer to God? According to Juan Jose Peralta it involves smoking meth, stripping down in a Mesa field, and exposing himself to kids. Police responded to the report of a naked guy "waving his arms wildly in the air," with his genitals in full view of a man and his 13-year-old son in May 2011. When police showed up and asked him what he was doing, he told the cops he just "wanted to feel closer to God and the Earth."
Most people don't do meth. Most people don't let their 9-month-old kid die from a meth overdose. Most people don't then give birth to another child with a circulatory system full of meth. By those standards, Veronica Marie Linares allegedly doesn't qualify as "most people," according to what Glendale police said in January 2011.
Just last week, an admitted meth user's 5-year-old daughter tested positive for meth, after the girl complained about her mother sticking her with needles, police say. Jacqueline Trousdale, a 30-year-old Phoenix resident, was the subject of "several" ongoing Child Protective Services investigations, according to court documents, which included allegations of pimping out her toddlers.
A Mesa woman who was spotted holding her 3-year-old son facedown in puddles in March claimed that Jesus told her to drown the boy, according to authorities. The woman, 30-year-old Victoria Soliz, eventually would tell a doctor that she was taking her medication regularly, which is a problem, because she told the doctor that crystal meth is her medication.
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