Attorneys in the Special Crimes Bureau have extensive experience and specialized expertise to prosecute unique and often complex crimes, including:
- Arson – Special Crimes attorneys assist fire department officials with arson investigations and prosecute individuals accused of committing arson. They also handle cases that involve the illegal use or manufacture of explosives as well as bomb threats.
- Home invasion/kidnapping – These crimes often involve a combination of burglary, kidnapping and extortion offenses and are investigated by the Phoenix Police Department’s HIKE (Home Invasion and Kidnapping Enforcement) unit and other law enforcement agencies in cooperation with the Special Crimes Bureau.
- Human smuggling – Special Crimes attorneys are responsible for prosecuting violent “drop house” operators involved in kidnapping, extortion and aggravated assault. These cases are investigated by multi-agency Illegal Immigration Prevention and Apprehension Co-op Teams (IIMPACT).
- Prostitution – Special Crimes attorneys assist in the investigation and prosecution of enterprise-level criminals operating organized prostitution rings.
- Public corruption – These cases cover a variety of white collar crimes and corruption offenses involving public officials or law enforcement officials.
In prosecuting these offenses, the Special Crimes Bureau frequently partners with local and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Anthony Gehon Convicted of Operating Sadistic Prostitution Ring
After a lengthy trial involving testimony from over fifty witnesses and seven victims, a jury today returned multiple guilty verdicts against Anthony Greg Gehon in connection with an extensive prostitution enterprise he operated that involved his ex-wife as well as his stepdaughter and niece, both of whom were minors at the time of the offenses.
Guadalupe Garcia-Corral Found Guilty of Human Smuggling
An attempt to smuggle eight illegal aliens into Arizona has resulted in a guilty verdict for Guadalupe Garcia-Corral, who was apprehended while driving the group to Flagstaff earlier this year.
Phoenix Goddess Temple Founder and Employees Face Prostitution Charges
A six-month investigation by Phoenix Police has resulted in the arrest and indictment of 18 individuals connected to the Phoenix Goddess Temple, a suspected house of prostitution operating under the pretense of providing “religious” services.