UPDATE: Huge criminal investigation ongoing in neighborhood in midtown Tucson

Officers serving search warrants at homes
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 5:34 PM MST
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Tucson, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - An investigation involving multiple agencies in midtown Tucson is developing.

Police said Mark Allen Barnes, 49, was arrested for an unrelated felony warrant for dangerous drugs possession, while making contact with individuals during the investigation.

The probe centers around two homes in the 3200 blocks of both Towner Street and Bermuda Street. From what neighbors said, the two share a backyard. And it is unclear what this investigation involved.

Police say they were digging in backyards looking for evidence and combing through the properties, but would not confirm if they were looking for drugs, remains or weapons—just saying the investigation is criminal in nature.

The Marana Police Department, who said the investigation stems from one of their cases, said authorities found several stolen motorcycles on the property.

The property yards have a lot of clutter, and police said combing through all of that takes a long time. Marana PD said they made contact with several people at the property but were not able to tell us how many people actually lived at these homes.

Neighbors say it’s a rental property, and KOLD News 13 contacted the owner, listed on public records, who replied with ‘no comment.’

Neighbors also say this is not the first time something like this has happened at these addresses. KOLD News 13 confirmed search warrants were served for these two properties in 2017. Investigators have packed up and left and said there is no threat to the public at this time.

Authorities said Border Patrol, ATF, Marana PD, TPD and Oro Valley PD were involved or assisting in the investigation.

No one is in custody at this time.

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