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MCSO arrests man, Douglas James Fields, for attempted murder and jail drug running plans

Posted at 3:07 PM, Sep 01, 2016

A Phoenix man has been arrested for planning to bring drugs into the jail and murder his ex-wife.

Court records show that the man, 53-year-old Douglas James Fields, is accused of plotting with an inmate to bring drugs into the jail and also provided the bond for a hitman to kill his ex-wife.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says Fields was heard on recorded jail tapes speaking with an in-custody family member about his plan to bring drugs in from Oregon and send them to Tennessee, with some of the drugs being smuggled into the jail.

MCSO say deputies intercepted packages connected to Fields with methamphetamine found inside them.

MCSO also learned from the jail tapes that Fields was plotting to have his ex-wife killed, according to court documents. He would provide the bond for the would-be assassin to get him out of jail. Fields, who is dying of cancer, reportedly wanted the murder to take place after he died.

The man he bonded out was apprehended on other charges before he could carry out the murder.

Fields was arrested at his home near 12th Avenue and Happy Valley Road and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.