AZDPS News & Press Releases

Rollout of enhanced communication includes law enforcement training

Arizona is launching a program through which drivers on the autism spectrum can place their credentials in special blue envelopes to enhance communication with law enforcement officers during traffic stops.

This voluntary program, which includes education for law enforcement officers, follows a -

On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, AZDPS troopers seized approximately 28.85 pounds of fentanyl pills, 165 pounds of methamphetamine, two pounds of heroin, over one pound of cocaine, five firearms, four vehicles, and over $20,000 in three different incidents in less than six hours in the Phoenix metro -

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, Saul Ballardo, a resident of El Mirage, Arizona, was sentenced to a total of 26 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry for crimes he committed between July 27, 2021, and Dec. 30, 2021. Ballardo was sentenced after he pled guilty to -

On Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) arrested two suspects on drug and weapons related charges and seized 80 firearms from a Tucson residence and several storage units.

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The Arizona Commercial Vehicle Safety Partnership (ACVSP) will conduct its annual “Operation Southern Shield” from Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, through Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, on Interstate 10 from Phoenix to the New Mexico state line, and on Interstate 19 from Tucson to the international border.

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On Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Vehicle Theft Task Force (VTTF) detectives arrested two suspects on multiple felony charges after seven stolen vehicles, methamphetamine, and multiple firearms were located at an automotive business in Mesa. Detectives also -

On Friday, January 26, 2024, at around 8:13 p.m., detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) State Gang Task Force attempted to contact the driver of a vehicle parked at a car wash on East Airway Avenue in Kingman, Arizona. As detectives approached the suspect vehicle, the -

On Sunday, January 28, 2024, at around 1:36 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper observed what they believed to be a disabled vehicle stopped on the left shoulder of eastbound State Route 202 near Alma School Road (milepost 12), in Mesa. When the trooper stopped to check the -

On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers seized more than 200 pounds of fentanyl valued at over one million dollars following a traffic stop in southern Arizona.

At around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, AZDPS troopers stopped the driver of a commercial vehicle on -

Within a one-hour period in southern Arizona on Thursday, January 18, 2024, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers seized a total of approximately 459 pounds of methamphetamine, 148 pounds of fentanyl pills, and 2.55 pounds of cocaine in three separate traffic stops. A total of six -