By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – A man was literally caught red-handed with a significant quantity of heroin and methamphetamine after passing out along with his driver while in the drive-through of McDonald’s early Tuesday morning.
L.C. Terry was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail on charges of possession of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine) for sale, possession of a narcotic drug (heroin) for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
His driver, Alanis Thomas, was arrested for DUI and released. She faces possible pending charges relating to possession of marijuana for sale.
According to a Safford Police report, an officer was called to McDonald’s at about 4:30 a.m. regarding two people passed out in a blue, Ford truck in the restaurant’s drive-through.
Upon arrival, an officer located the couple asleep with the truck’s engine still running. As an officer reached into the truck to turn off the engine, he could smell marijuana and alcohol and noticed Terry appeared to be holding a large quantity of meth and heroin in his hands.
After waking up the couple, Terry handed over the drugs in his hands, which turned out to be 4.2 grams of heroin and 12.1 grams of meth, including the baggies. A further search of the car yielded a backpack with marijuana in three sandwich bags, weighing a total of 8 ounces, including the bags, and a glass pipe.
Terry said they had just come from a local bar and went to McDonald’s to get something to eat. He allegedly admitted ownership of the heroin and methamphetamine but denied having the weed. He said the heroin and meth were for his own personal use and that he didn’t sell it. The threshold for an automatic charge for possession of meth for sale is 9 grams, however, and Terry appeared to be over the threshold.
Terry was then booked into jail and $1,510 in cash found on his person was seized as evidence.
Thomas was investigated for DUI and blew a portable breath alcohol concentration of .074 percent. Thomas also claimed ownership of the backpack with the marijuana and produced a medical marijuana card.
However, according to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, a medical marijuana patient is only allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, and the officer noted the amount in the backpack was significantly higher. The officer also located several empty small plastic baggies and questioned whether Thomas was selling the marijuana. Thomas said all the marijuana was for her personal use and that she just used the smaller baggies to measure it. Her medical marijuana card and $345 in cash she had on her were taken as evidence and she was released to her residence.