Man given citation for littering evidence tag outside of police department

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By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – Marcus Anthony Fenton, 18, was given a citation for littering on the sidewalk in front of the Safford Police Department after an officer located an evidence tag with his name on it. 

According to a Safford Police report, an officer was walking into the police department on Thursday, Oct. 24, when he noticed an evidence tag with a zip tie on the sidewalk. The tag had Felton’s name on it. 

Felton had previously been arrested on a warrant Oct. 20 regarding failure to appear on charges of shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia. He had his disposition Wednesday, Oct. 23 and was released. 

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Marcus Fenton

According to office workers at the police department, Felton had come in on Thursday to retrieve a backpack that was taken from him when he was arrested. He asked to borrow some scissors to cut off the evidence tag and, after using them, walked out of the building. 

On Friday, Oct. 25, the officer caught up to Felton and asked him about the tag. Felton allegedly told the officer that he cut the tag off the backpack but did not remember throwing it on the ground. 

He was then given a citation for littering and was released. 

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