On Wednesday, November 23, Department of Economic Security director Tim Jeffries and his leadership team were escorted out of their offices. At the same time, DPS SWAT team members were apparently deployed to secure a “cache” of weapons and ammunition.
Sometime between November 23 and November 30, Arizona Republic reporter, Craig Harris, “got done visiting with acting DES Director Henry Darwin.” According to an email to Bart Graves at DPS, dated November 30, at 4:40:09 p.m., from Harris, during that visit Darwin told him “that DPS had taken control of 50 handguns and about 80,000 rounds of ammunition at DES.”
Harris asked Graves: “I’m trying to get a gauge of the volume of 80,000 rounds of ammunition. Is that a large number, small number? Typically, how much ammunition does DPS use on an annual basis, and how much does your agency order. (sic) Also, how many officers do you have?
Graves forwarded Harris’ email to DES staff members Anni Foster, and Raul Garcia at 4:45 p.m. He simply wrote, “FYI.”
We know that the Governor’s Chief of Staff Kirk Adams had already been made aware almost immediately after the November 23 raid, that nothing was amiss at DES, and now we know that by December 1, Ducey’s spokesman knew too. At 8:24:00 a.m., on December 1, Foster forwarded an extensive response to Harris’ inquiry to Governor Doug Ducey’s spokesman Daniel Scarpinato. She wrote…..