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ELOY — Jamie Campos was not supposed to be in possession of a weapon, let alone a sawed-off shotgun.

Campos, 20, was arrested by Eloy Police about 4 p.m. on Feb. 12 for two misdemeanor warrants from Eloy City Court. He was initially stopped for speeding while driving near North Curiel Street and West Phoenix Avenue in Eloy.

“Upon making contact with the vehicle, I observed a weapon, later determined to be a sawed-off shotgun, placed between the seat and the center console of the vehicle,” an Eloy Police officer wrote in a probable cause statement.

Further investigation revealed that the shotgun was about 16 inches in length, 2 inches short of the required 18-inch length.

During a search of the vehicle, police found a scale with a green leafy substance on it and a plastic container containing 7.5 grams of marijuana. Campos told police he uses the vehicle when needed and that he was unaware there was marijuana in the glove box.

He was transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and booked for possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, misconduct with weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

He was released Feb. 13 on his own recognizance and is to appear in Superior Court March 3. He listed two addresses on jail forms as his place of residence, one in Picacho and one in Coolidge.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at