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Mesa road rage suspect arrested after monthslong investigation

(Arizona Department of Public Safety photo)

PHOENIX — A Mesa man was arrested following a monthslong investigation stemming from a road rage shooting that occurred on a Valley highway in January, police said.

Deputies arrested 29-year-old Adrian F. Gonzalez on July 15 at his residence and booked him into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of drive-by shooting, possession of dangerous and narcotic drugs and drug paraphernalia, misconduct with a weapon as well as charges of endangerment and child abuse, according to a press release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Gonzalez on Jan. 21 allegedly attempted to collide with another vehicle and fired shots at the victim’s vehicle on the Loop 101 and Ray Road, which launched an investigation into the man, authorities said.

Detectives observed Gonzalez engaging in behavior consistent with drug sales, including hand-to-hand transactions, authorities said.

During a search warrant at the man’s residence, several firearms were seized along with one pound of methamphetamine, 100 fentanyl pills, heroin, cocaine, Xanax and suboxon, authorities said.

Authorities said the narcotics were found in a location accessible to his 2-year-old child.

The department’s SWAT team and the Career Criminal Unit and Highway Patrol Division assisted with the operation.

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