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Lawyer arrested on pot charge

PATRICK REVERE Citizen Staff Writer

A Tucson criminal defense attorney has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to purchase marijuana, authorities said.

Marshall D. Tandy, 52, was arrested and released Monday after pleading not guilty and posting a $125,000 bond, said Roger Maier, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs Service.

Jose Heliodoro Enriquez, Tandy’s law clerk, and John Daniel Dugery Jr. were arrested Friday in connection with the case, Maier said yesterday.

According to a U.S. District Court criminal complaint, Enriquez, 38, and Dugery, 34, were to meet a Customs confidential source at a South Side convenience store to pick up $1 million in drug proceeds belonging to another man.

Customs agents staked out the store, at South 12th Avenue and West Irvington Road, and arrested the two men about 9 p.m. Friday. Agents seized $260,000 from the men’s car, the complaint states.

A third man, who was not named, escaped agents as they moved in on the convenience store , the complaint said.

Another federal complaint states that Tandy orchestrated the meeting a day earlier during a telephone conversation with the confidential source and a meeting with the unnamed third man.

Tandy was arrested in federal court Monday.

Enriquez and Dugery, who also pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to purchase marijuana, remained early today at the Federal Correctional Institution at 8901 S. Wilmot Road.

Tandy, who worked at the County Attorney’s Office in the early 1970s, was the subject of four complaints received by the State Bar of Arizona. No action was taken on those complaints, said Matt Silverman, a spokesman for the bar association.

”Usually that means that someone filed a complaint, and the state bar investigated and found no evidence of unethical misconduct,” said Silverman, who was unsure when the complaints were made.

The complaints involved legal fees, communication problems, management of client files and supervision of a paralegal, he said.

The bar association would take no action against Tandy for this week’s incident unless he is convicted of a crime, Silverman said.

Patrick Revere’s e-mail: prevere@tucsoncitizen.com

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