DPS detectives uncover ecstasy manufacturing operation in ASU dorm room

TEMPE, AZ - Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives have uncovered an ecstasy manufacturing operation inside an Arizona State University dorm room.

A DPS officer on Wednesday stopped a vehicle on Interstate 17 near Thomas Road for an HOV violation.

During a search of the vehicle, the officer found the 20-year-old driver's backpack to be filled with ecstasy pills and cocaine, DPS said.

DPS was able to secure search warrants for the suspect's home in Goodyear and for his dorm room at Apache and Rural roads near the ASU campus.

According to DPS, detectives found 30 pounds of product used to make ecstasy pills in his dorm room. They also found thousands of ecstasy pills.

DPS said the dorm room was "essentially a pill factory which included a ‘pill press' complete with a motor."

Five people have been arrested, including 20-year-old Andrew James Gajkowski who faces charges of possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs, possession for sale - dangerous drugs, transportation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy, manufacture for sale of dangerous drugs and illegal control of enterprise.

Also arrested were 42-year-old Malik Haseem Hooper, 20-year-old Hunter Ault, 19-year-old Edward Ortiz, and 20-year-old Kevin Kimes. All face various drug-related charges.

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