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THATCHER — A man causing a ruckus, entering the yards of homes without permission, found himself cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, despite efforts by the police to get him home safely.

At about 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, a Thatcher Police officer responded to an incident along North Reay Lane. There he found 51-year-old Danny Ray Hardesty yelling and walking through yards without permission.

The responding officer said there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from Hardesty and, when questioned if he was OK or if he had anything illegal on him, Hardesty reportedly said he was “all right.” He then reportedly took a bag of marijuana from his pocket and gave it to the officer.

The officer asked if Hardesty had a medical marijuana card and Hardesty said no, adding, “I am disabled” in slurred words.

Hardesty also reportedly said he had grown the marijuana with his “two hands,” adding, “I can do anything I want; I live in Arizona” and the officer was violating his “state of sobriety.”

Hardesty was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. The responding officer recovered .6 oz of marijuana.

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