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Gilbert resident arrested on drug, weapons offenses

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Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 9:32 am | Updated: 2:19 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Gilbert police arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of drugs and weapons offenses Sunday after he fired two blasts from his shotgun at three imaginary invaders, police said.

Michael R. Thomas called police about 1:30 p.m. to his home in the 300 block of East Barbarita Avenue and told police three armed men broke into his home, said police Sgt. Jeff Esslinger.

Thomas told police he fired two rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun to scare away the invaders.

During further interviews, Thomas said he had hallucinated the attackers and that he had been on a drug binge over the weekend, Esslinger said.

"Thomas advised he has been hallucinating for the past two weeks," he said. Police conducted a cursory search of the house and discovered a small amount of suspected methamphetamine. Thomas agreed to let police conduct a more extensive search, and they discovered more of the drug, scales, paraphernalia and ledgers believed to be associated with a drug enterprise, Esslinger said.

Two handguns and two rifles also were discovered in the house.

Thomas was booked into Maricopa County’s Madison Street Jail in Phoenix on suspicion of possessing dangerous drugs and narcotics for use and sale, possessing drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct with a weapon and endangerment, all felonies, according to jail records.

Thomas was being held Monday on $3,600 bond.

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