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DPS detectives seize $30,000, drugs and firearms during service of a search warrant in Chandler

The search warrant stemmed from a traffic stop by DPS’ Highway Patrol Division

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 -

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Detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division served a search warrant at a Chandler residence on Jan. 21 that resulted in the seizures of approximately $30,000 in cash, numerous firearms, hundreds of ammunition rounds, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and other tools used to weigh and package drugs.

The Chandler Police Special Operations Unit (SOU) assisted DPS with service of the warrant.

Three rifles, a shotgun, and four handguns were seized. One handgun had previously been reported stolen to the Tempe Police Department.

The drugs seized included half an ounce of methamphetamine, three grams of heroin, and an ounce of marijuana, all of which were prepackaged for sale.

Detectives located four suspects inside the residence while a fifth suspect attempted to evade detection by hiding in the attic. SOU operators gave verbal commands for an extended period of time but eventually fired pepper balls into the residence and the suspect came out from the attic.

The five suspects were taken into custody.

The search warrant stemmed from a traffic stop earlier in January where a DPS officer conducted a search of the vehicle and located methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pills packaged for sale. Information obtained during the traffic stop led detectives to the residence in Chandler.

The occupants of the vehicle were arrested during the traffic stop.


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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.