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FOUNTAIN HILL, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) – An Arizona pastor is accused of selling heroin and meth.

Maricopa County authorities say Mark Derksen, 63, has admitted to selling drugs because they brought people “closer to God,” KTVK-TV reports.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told the station that his deputies bought drugs from the pastor during an undercover operation. Arpaio added that the initial tip came almost two years ago.

Deputies said that Derksen would sell up to 30 different clients a day, including giving away some drugs for free to hook in new clients.

Police said that Derksen is still very active in his community.

“This case isn’t over yet,” Arpaio told KTVK. “My warning to Fountain Hills, my home town, is we’re not done yet.”

Derksen was taken to a hospital for undisclosed reasons after his arrest.


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