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Arizona Department of Public Safety Detectives Uncover A Significant Ecstasy Manufacturing Operation In An ASU Student Apartment

Investigation resulted from a Highway Patrol Traffic stop

Thursday, December 5, 2013 -

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On Wednesday Dec. 4 at approximately 5:30 p.m., a DPS Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle on I-17 near Thomas Road, driven by a 20-year-old male, for an HOV lane violation. A search of the vehicle revealed a backpack with ecstasy pills along with some cocaine. Detectives later obtained two search warrants, one for the suspect’s home residence in Goodyear, the other for his apartment at Apache Road and Rural Road near the ASU campus. Detectives found 30 pounds of product used to manufacture ecstasy pills in the apartment along with thousands of ecstasy pills. The apartment was essentially a pill factory which included a “pill press” complete with a motor. The 20-year-old suspect is facing charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, manufacture of a dangerous drug, conducting an illegal enterprise and conspiracy.

Arizona State University Police and Tempe Police are assisting DPS detectives. This investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.