- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A Wittmann man being tried on drug charges is on the run after fleeing during a recess at Maricopa County Superior Court.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says 44-year-old Patrick Pina left during a court recess Wednesday after prosecutors rested their case.

Jurors later convicted him of the sale of dangerous drugs, money laundering, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of marijuana.

A judge now has issued a warrant for Pina’s arrest.

Undercover deputies from the county sheriff’s office purchased a half-ounce of methamphetamine at Pina’s home in March.

A barricade situation began when authorities tried to arrest him.

Deputies finally detained Pina and found methamphetamine, marijuana and a gun inside Pina’s house.

He was indicted by a grand jury and released on bond after his initial court appearance.

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