SAN TAN VALLEY — A San Tan Valley man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly tried to break into a water well and was found in possession of drugs.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Alvaro Manuel Dorame Quinonez, 31, is charged with possession of dangerous drugs, criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and criminal damage.

At 8:46 p.m. on April 24, Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of suspicious activity at a water well for a local utility near Hash Knife Draw Road and Sierra Vista Drive. The caller said they could hear voices, noises and see shadows near the well and that a pickup truck with tires in the bed had been parked near the well for at least an hour.

PCSO Posse members arrived at the scene first and saw a man riding a bike along the canal bank. When the deputy walked toward the man, later identified as Quinonez, the man backed the bike into the bushes and allegedly threw a package over a barbed wire fence.

Quinonez told the deputy that the truck was his. The deputy allegedly found 0.7 gram of methamphetamine on Quinonez.

A sledge hammer was allegedly found near the truck and the fence surrounding the well had been bent and pulled ajar.

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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.