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Tucson Felon Sentenced to Over 11 Years for Distribution of Methamphetamine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – On September 5, Sean Lee Arnold, 51, of Tucson, was sentenced by United States District Judge James A. Soto to 135 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Arnold previously pleaded guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

On August 31, 2021, law enforcement agents served a search warrant on Arnold’s home in central Tucson where they found approximately 1.35 kilograms of pure methamphetamine and a rifle. Arnold admitted to agents that he bought and sold multiple pounds of methamphetamine a month and that he knew he was prohibited from possessing weapons.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Ashley Culver and David Petermann, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR 21-2521-TUC-JAS
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-140_Arnold

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Zachry Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated September 28, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 2023-140_Arnold