SAN TAN VALLEY — A San Tan Valley man has been charged with having a gun he was prohibited from possessing.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Parker L. Griffin, 27, is charged with misconduct with a weapon-being a prohibited possessor.

At around 5 a.m. on Dec. 28, Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies received a call from a family member asking deputies to do a welfare check on Griffin. Griffin allegedly asked the family member for $60 and told them he needed to go to Walmart to meet with a drug dealer or he would be kidnapped, taken to Mexico and killed.

When deputies arrived at the home, a family member told them that Griffin had run out of the home and jumped over the fence. They also reported that a gun was missing from the home.

Deputies located Griffin a short distance away from the home. When deputies searched him they allegedly found some drug paraphernalia on him but no gun. Deputies later located the gun in a backpack along a fence in an area that was “easily accessible” to anyone walking by.

Deputies took Griffin into custody on an outstanding warrant from Gilbert Police and noted that he was on probation for a case in Maricopa County.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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