Three Lake Havasu City residents, including the son of a Havasu politician, were arrested Oct. 6 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers responded to an address near the intersection of Castaway and Ranchero Drives, where a suspicious vehicle had been reported.
According to alleged witness statements, the vehicle was parked at the location, near the intersection of Castaway and Ranchero Drives, for about an hour before police were called. Officers arrived to find Havasu residents Anthony W. Gilbert, 45, Kailey A. Gross, 27, and Robert W. Gould, 31, at the scene.
According to statements allegedly given to officers, Gilbert and Gross had just given Gould a ride home from a McCulloch Boulevard grocery store. Gould went into his home, put his groceries away and had just returned outside to speak with his friends when police arrived.
Police say there was a standing warrant for Gross’ arrest, and she was taken into custody at the scene. After her arrest, officers searched the passenger-side compartment of the vehicle and allegedly found a used syringe in plain view, behind the vehicle’s center console where Gould had been sitting during the ride to his home.
Gould allegedly denied ownership of the needle, and told officers he had not used drugs for days prior. Gross and Gilbert allegedly admitted to having used heroin, but had not done so since earlier that afternoon. Both denied using the needle while in their vehicle.
The needle was accessible to all occupants of the vehicle, and all were arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gould has prior felony convictions including charges of theft in 2011, charges of possession of drug paraphernalia in 2012 and charges of first degree criminal trespassing in 2015. He is the son of Mohave County Supervisor, former Arizona senator and former Lake Havasu City Councilman Ron Gould.
Ron Gould was unaware that his son had been arrested until he was contacted by Today’s News-Herald on Thursday.
According to Gould, Robert’s arrest was only the most recent incident in a decade-long struggle with substance addiction.
“He’s been in and out of rehab, in and out of jail and in and out of prison,” Gould said of his son. “My wife and I love Robert, but we can’t condone the lifestyle he’s chosen. He needs to suffer the consequences of his actions just like everyone else … hopefully this will give him time to sober up and change the direction his life has taken.”
Gilbert, Gross and Robert Gould have not been convicted in this case, and are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.