Ecstasy "Manufacturing Operation" Found in ASU Student's Apartment

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An Arizona State University student was running a "significant Ecstasy manufacturing operation" out of his Tempe apartment, police say.

According to an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, the discovery stemmed from the student -- whose name hasn't been released at this point -- getting pulled over by Highway Patrol for driving in the HOV lane.

That traffic stop Wednesday evening near Interstate 17 and Thomas Road led to a search of the 20-year-old student's vehicle, in which police allegedly found a backpack with Ecstasy pills and cocaine.

Detectives ended up obtaining search warrants for his home in Goodyear, plus his apartment in Tempe, at a yet-unidentified complex near Apache Road and Rural Road in Tempe.

"Detectives found 30 pounds of product used to manufacture Ecstasy pills in the apartment along with thousands of ecstasy pills," DPS says in a statement. "The apartment was essentially a pill factory which included a 'pill press' complete with a motor."

A DPS spokesman says no further information is being released right now, but promises crime-scene photos later today.

Check back for updates.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: DPS delivered the photos. Check them out on the next page.

For those interested in the potential quality of the product, a search of pillreports.com shows no white Rolex crowns in the southwest reviewed in the last year.

UPDATE December 6: The student has been identified as Andrew James Gajkowski. Four other students were also arrested in the alleged enterprise, although police haven't specified their roles at this point.


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31 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                         -- Just Legalize It! --

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

Read more about it at the ASU Police Integrity Report.

https://network23.org/theintegrityreport/

Probably one of a number on the Arizona State University campus. There is a good reason DPS and Tempe pd make the busts on campus and not ASUPD, who are more concerned with keeping stats low and finding bike thieves. ASU pays millions if dollars funding a failing police department.

Juan Roque
Juan Roque

Drugs on a college campus....OH MY GOD WHAT A CATASTROPHE!!!!!!! Come on man. Shit happens on campuses. Remember Benny Sillman at ASU and the whole point shaving thing with Hedake Smith?

Antonio Maldonado
Antonio Maldonado

Ahwww, the bulls grandkid is carrying on the family business. I wonder what his major is. XD

Emily Echo Thunberbolt
Emily Echo Thunberbolt

Haha! My first thought, "was it any good?" (That would determine how I felt about the seizure) ..end of the first page of the article: "if you're wondering about the quality..." Ha!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So no Drug Lab, no actual "manufacturing", 

... just a pill press and some already manufactured powder that the cops claim is "MDMA" but is more likely some designer drug analog available from 100s of internet sources, many of which are not specifically illegal.



eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Here we have a cautionary tale. Even if you're really in a hurry but don't have a passenger, whatever you do, stay out of the HOV lane. If you're stopped, you have no idea where that might lead.

johnnypinks
johnnypinks

Keep in mind this is happening on the ASU campus, not just a random Tempe student apartment.

teknik
teknik

@DonkeyHotay and all of which are probably far more harmful to the user than actual ecstasy.

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

You assume veracity on the part of the cops. This could be one of those NSA-precipitated busts in which the spooks provide info to the cops on the condition that a likely scenario is cooked up to cover the source of the tip.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 ... and no information in the "story" -- police press release -- as to how or why they conjured Probable Cause to search a vehicle from a simple traffic violation ... or how finding anything in someone's car results in Probable Cause to for search warrants on multiple residences.

If cops find an ounce of pot in your car, do they have PC to search your house located in another city ?


MatthewHS
MatthewHS

@DonkeyHotay @eric.nelson745 

Matt Hendley can't actual write an original article. Instead, he is limited to police press releases and top ten lists. He should make a top ten ways to rehash a police press release story! 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @eric.nelson745  

Most likely, the officer asked if he minded if he took a look in his vehicle, and he gave permission, possibly without realizing that he was authorizing a complete search.   The guy is obviously not in the honors program.

Finding a significant amount of illegal drugs in the vehicle is certainly cause to search any other place he might be storing drugs.

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Welcome to the real world.  I'm afraid you're going to have some trouble adjusting.  It's not like the one you imagine.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @valleynative "Judges use something called "judgment".


ROTFLMAO !! ... funniest and most naive post of the year !!


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Judges use something called "judgment".

I'm sure you've heard of it.

It's sort of what their job is all about.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative @elkabong


Define "significant amount" to an objective legal standard.


How many homes / residences should the be allowed to search? Summer homes? Vacation condos? Out of state?


Be specific, and show your work.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@elkabong


Read what I said, instead of just making things up and saying that I believe it.


Finding a significant amount of drugs in your vehicle is sufficient probable cause to convince a judge to issue a warrant to search your home(s).


Not "any contraband" and not "automatically".


That's simple common sense.



elkabong
elkabong

So in your authoritarian world any contraband encountered in any vehicle automatically entitles the police to search the homes and apartments of the driver and/or vehicle owner?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@elkabong

Seriously, this isn't rocket science.  Yes, he would, but the police could not reasonably suspect that mine was the house he had chosen.  See how that works?

elkabong
elkabong

A smart drug dealer would reasonably store drugs at someone else's house... like yours.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@elkabong 

What drugs are you on?

Did I really have to specify "any other place he might reasonably be expected to be storing drugs"?

elkabong
elkabong

So the cops could search YOUR house after finding drugs in his car ... because he might be hiding some in your basement?

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