Ex-MCSO Deputy Allegedly Had Drugs in Evidence Bags in His Garage

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Ramon Charley Armendariz, who was an MCSO deputy before his run-in with police last week, had drugs in his garage that investigators found in evidence bags, according to court documents.

According to court documents, deputies found "possible drugs" at Armendariz's place, including pot, meth, heroin, and LSD. These finds were made after Armendariz called 911 Wednesday night to report a burglar in his house -- a burglar that didn't exist.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio's Ex-Deputy Arrested After Barricade Situation

According to a probable-cause statement from an MCSO deputy, the Phoenix PD had responded to Armendariz's call at his home at 32nd and Eugie avenues but gave the Sheriff's Office a heads-up that it would be dealing with one of its own deputies.

That statement continues:
[Sergeant] Malast made contact with Charley, who [he] knew from previous interactions within the Office. He immediately noticed that Charley appeared agitated, as he was clenching and unclenching his jaw, opening and closing his mouth, wildly gesturing with his hands, pacing back and forth, and alternating from speaking steadily in a normal conversational tone to raising his voice and speaking rapidly. Based on Malast's training and experience he believed Charley to be under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant or suffering from some kind of manic episode. Malast asked Charley what was going on and how he was doing and Charley began telling him that Phoenix PD was treating him like he was crazy, and that he wasn't a crazy person. He described to Malast how his house alarm sounded and he came into the garage, finding it open after he had just come out and secured it for the night. Charley told him he saw a subject wearing all black by the Jeep in the garage, and that the subject disappeared from sight and he saw the Jeep begin to rock back and forth as if someone was in it.
Armendariz told the deputy he thought the burglar was hiding in a box with his Christmas tree on a shelf in his garage. The deputy went to grab the box and noticed an MCSO evidence bag containing a metal pipe and a bag of weed on a lower shelf. There was no burglar in the Christmas tree box.

Elsewhere in Armendariz's home were a small digital scale and very small plastic bags, in plain view, according to the court documents.

Within a few hours, now Thursday morning, MCSO obtained a search warrant for Armendariz's home.

In addition to the evidence bag of pot, deputies also found "additional property bags containing possible drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamines, heroin, and LSD, which will be sent to the Department of Public Safety lab for further analysis," the probable-cause statement says. Deputies were able to field-test the pot and meth, which came back positive, according to the documents.

Deputies also found an illegal sawed-off shotgun in a filing cabinet in Armendariz's garage, according to court documents.

For whatever reason, Armendariz wasn't arrested that day.

Sunday night, Phoenix PD went to Armendariz's house, and Armendariz barricaded himself inside, eventually turning himself over to a Phoenix PD SWAT team early Monday morning. Armendariz resigned from the MCSO between those two events.

Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes described the arrest as "an assist by Phoenix PD for MCSO."

Armendariz was booked into jail on charges of misconduct involving weapons, marijuana possession, dangerous-drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia -- all felony charges. A judge ordered that Armendariz be released pending trial, under the condition that Armendariz be placed on house arrest.

Stephen Lemons mentioned in the initial story on Armendariz's arrest that he was a player in the Melendres v. Arpaio civil-rights case.

UPDATE May 9: Armendariz was found dead in his home in an apparent suicide.

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Gary Rorrer
Gary Rorrer

How much more of this is happening in law enforcement?..And none of his BROTHERS..would NARC..on him..yet if in a police shooting..law enforcement would ..never use unusual decisions..or deadly force..scarey!

Original-American
Original-American

And the corrupt M.C.S.O. under arpaio's rule,  haven't the sworn duty or the intestinal fortitude to arrest one of their own.

marcy
marcy

Honest cops are like unicorns, rumored to exist but no confirmed sightings.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

how many cases did this yutz fuck up by tampering (and doing) the evidence that was recovered from his home? how many other people were involved with the removal of that evidence? doesnt evidence get locked up and have to be logged in and out? pretty loose ship being run by old skipper Joe. 

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Right now the deputies in the evidence room are no doubt havin' a lot of 'splainin' to do. Joe had better put these clowns on suspension.

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

Another fucking GOOD OL BOY that thought he was" ABOVE THE LAW"  Lock his ASS up and hold him till he goes to court ,......Who the fuck does he think he is ?Fucking hypocrites.. So they let him out on house arrest to do it all over again ....the guys a fucking time bomb and dangerous to society .. Fuck you smurf joe ..you're as big a piece of SHIT as he is !!!!!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

"A judge ordered that Armendariz be released pending trial, under the condition that Armendariz be placed on house arrest."


More of the 'good ol boy' network... any of us would be sitting our asses in jail or at least have a HEFTY bond

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

He looks ... Neanderthal ...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Who wants to wager that this is all a big show to distract the public from the spanking the old man is due to receive tomorrow in Judge Snow's courtroom?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

So here's one very bad and certifiably crazy gay ex-cop. This truly makes me sick.

Pete Moreno
Pete Moreno

Fucking weird city state of the greater phenix area, perfect candidate for metro cop.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Lots of people looking at this, more to come I'm sure.

azweasel
azweasel

What a fucking stooge. A burglar hiding in a box with a christmas tree. That is way too funny.

shadeaux
shadeaux

"For whatever reason, Armendariz wasn't arrested that day."

GEE...."Whatever" could that reason be?

Does the term "Blue wall of silence" ring a bell.

lcsargent
lcsargent

@danzigsdaddy  He wasn't a yutz your only going by the bullshit that's being said He was a good man,and did his job 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I wonder how many cases he fucked up (and how many criminals are gonna be set free, the cost of all this, etc) Zigs....

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  I doubt it.. that would mean there is actually some accountability inside MCSO... a thing we know has never existed..

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@laura24x7  No, we are talking smack about an IDIOT who should be either behind bars for abuse of the power he had for a short time or in a mental institution


If he's your neighbor and you know him... why didn't you report this person who was stealing evidence, in evidence bags??? 


I guess you didn't know him as well as you think...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I want to know what judge ordered this. Then, next election, vote that judge out Flyer

laura24x7
laura24x7

@Flyer9753 cops dont last in jail. he's arrested people that would LOVE to get a hold of him. he is safer at home.


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  Joke will simply be held on house arrest, and have delusions about a sidewalk hiding in his xmas tree box......

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@shadeaux  Anyone else would have been arrested after the first event, and would not be let out on simple house arrest after the second.....  But it's not like he had illegal guns or major illegal drugs, I guess...  Oh..  wait....

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@lcsargent i get it that he was a friend of yours, i see him as a man who had problems that were not noticed or helped. if you feel he is wrongly accused show us who and how he is being wrongly accused. if you are just going to say he was doing his job, you are overlooking the problems he had. after most suicides many people in that persons life tend to feel angry and depressed that they missed all the obvious signs. if that happens to be the category you fell into..........sorry, but you shouldnt feel that bad, others missed it too. if you want to mourn the loss of your friend, please do so, but dont fault others for seeing the problems now that everyone missed before. if you want to honor your friend, post the good things he did, dont just deny the problems he had

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Please......show us the truth. I would love to hear it. I don't want to see anyone wrongfully accused so show us who he really was.

lcsargent
lcsargent

@Flyer9753 @laura24x7  your ignorant and have no idea what your talking about your only repeating the crap that was said by the msco . Were you here NO you have no Idea who he was he did alot of good in the community and NO you sad PIECES of SHIT I didnt have any want of the "evidence bags 

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

@Flyer9753 Or maybe she likes him for his evidence bags..........I'm sure being a neighbor and all she knows ALL ABOUT HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@laura24x7 no Laura24x7 he wouldnt last in jail and do you know why? because we have seen numerous well documented examples of how safe that jail is through a massive series of settlements, payouts and wrongful deaths all under the watchful eyes of Joe;s command. if those conditions are safe enough for everyone else, they most certainly are safe enough for him. if a guy is willing to steal from a police station, do drugs, steal possible crucial evidence in god knows how many cases, etc etc......he is most assuredly not above being a flight risk. everyone is probably safer at home, including those who are already locked up..............but that isnt how its supposed to work. he was already in a barricade situation, so WE would be safer if he wasnt at home. he broke the law so its not about his safety, ...............its about our safety

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@laura24x7 it isnt about safety of a criminal, its about justice and following the law. he worked for an agency that had people in their custody for lesser offenses who died in that custody, why should he be exempt from the same treatment as the rest of the county? its called selective law enforcement and it is far from being real law enforcement. if he was a representative of the law he should have been  a pillar of ethics and justice. how many people sat in MCSO custody for how long for the same or lesser crimes than he has been accused of? (many of those people havent had their day in court either so they are only accusations at this point too). Marty Atencio just needed mental health care, and he is dead. Deborah Braillard needed drug counselling and her insullin...................dead. why should he get preferential treatment for betraying the trust of the public? his being a cop doesnt mean he should get preferential treatment, it means he should be held to a higher standard. how many cases did he ruin by taking the evidence bags and doing the drugs in them?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@laura24x7 @Flyer9753  He's got no special rights by being a cop or even a pretend MCSO cop.  Put him in jail, but maybe not general population.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@laura24x7 @Flyer9753  So fucking what?! 


He's not a cop, never should have been a cop and just because he was a cop shouldn't get him special treatment - he is no different than you or I or anyone else.


If anything he should have been on a 48 hour psych hold/evaluation... then if he passed that, tossed in jail.. but CERTAINLY not released to 'house arrest'


Badges don't grant extra rights or special treatment and it's only because of sheep like you that they are given them, which is wrong.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@WhoKnows "Anyone else would have been arrested after the first event ..."


... or beaten and shot.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

You're right Zigs. This IS Arizona, after all. And we're talking about the old man from MCSO....

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  dont hold your breath. things have a strange way of getting swept under the rug or fading into obscurity out here....................i would like to see what you are saying happen..........i just am not putting faith in it actually happening

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

When I visited Massachusetts in 2013, there was a story on the news about a chemist who worked for the State. She apparently intentionally botched some 12,000 cases, costing the state close to $10M. She was fired, then criminally charged. Her own husband testified against her....

I'm expecting the same kind of fallout from this bullshit Zigs...

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

And he escaped answering for his crimes. Do you want me to cry for him? He chose his path. I don't like seeing anyone die, but he took his own life. He could have stayed and defended himself

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