Yeah, we bet the people would be closer to God if they’re HIGH AS HELL?! SMH.
According to KPHO.com:
A Fountain Hills pastor is accused of peddling drugs and Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies worry some of the victims may be children. Sheriff’s investigators said they aren’t sure if 63-year-old Mark Derksen was using the church to sell drugs but claim the pastor admitted to doing this to bring people closer to God. MCSO authorities said they got a tip about Derksen two years ago but didn’t have enough to go on until Wednesday afternoon, after an undercover purchase led to a search warrant and a raid. Deputies raided his apartment only a block from town hall and a sheriff substation, leaving neighbors stunned.
Arpaio said Derksen was giving people free drugs to hook them and build a customer base. The sheriff said Derksen admitted he was hooked, too. Derksen had any many as 30 customers a day, Arpaio said. They seized 15 grams of meth, 5 grams of heroin, prescription drugs, scales and weapons at his apartment.
Detectives said they also found numerous meth pipes along with several seals containing oxycontin pills. Investigators are now trying to figure out where Derksen got the drugs and who he sold them to. “We’re going to see how many people were using drugs in this town to send a warning out that we’re not going to put up with this,” Arpaio said.
Derksen was also a youth pastor and visited nursing homes, MCSO said. As of Wednesday night, Derksen had not yet been booked and is in the hospital for an unknown reason.