Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has managed to place himself in the media spotlight by blaming the political and media climate as the reason for last weekend’s Tucson’s massacre. In fact, the Pima County Sheriff went as far as to blame talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for the tragic shooting that took the lives of six and wounded 14.
However, if Sheriff Dupnik is willing to use this line of logic, is he then willing to take responsibility for the fact that his own adult daughter was arrested on drug charges in his own county? His daughter was first arrested for on drug charges in 2004.
The adult daughter of Sheriff Clarence Dupnik was booked into the Pima County jail Wednesday on drug charges.
Mary Louise Alvarez Dupnik, 40, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a dangerous drug, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and an unrelated failure to appear on a charge of having a suspended license, according to the jail.
She was booked into the jail the same day a search warrant was served at a Midtown hotel room where methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, a scale, syringes, pipes and counterfeit money were seized, according to court documents filed Friday.
Tucson police would not provide any details Saturday about the incident.
Less than three years ago, Mary Dupnik was arrested on a drug paraphernalia charge after police were called to a South Side motel for reports of yelling and banging coming from a room, according to Arizona Daily Star archives.
Inside the room officers found marijuana and a pipe, archives show. Authorities said that inside Dupnik’s purse they found 17 syringes, a blood-stained “tie band,” bandages, antiseptic wipes, a metal spoon and a container with white powdery residue.
At that time, Sheriff Dupnik said he had not been in contact with his daughter for many months.
He was not available for comment Friday, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
Mary Dupnik, who listed an address in Tombstone, remained in custody Saturday evening; bond was set at $1,200.
One hopes that Sheriff Dupnik helped his daughter get the professional medical services she needed. Obviously, he did not think it was important enough to find professional help for the alleged Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner who put out death threats to various members of the Pima County community before the massacre at the Tucson Safeway supermarket on Saturday.