Man found with drugs, stolen MCSO items in his car & Glendale home, police say

PD: Traffic stop nets 17 pounds of drugs
Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 01:44:54-04

A man is accused of having pounds of drugs and cash in his car and a stolen Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy's gun at his Glendale apartment.

Goodyear police report that on Aug. 9 a patrol officer pulled over a vehicle near 99th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road for speeding and tailgating. 

The passenger, later identified as 23-year-old Diego Armando Gamez, admitted to police that he was in possession of marijuana without a medical marijuana card. 

A K-9 officer sniffed the car and reportedly found two black duffel bags filled with drugs and cash. 

Police say in the bags they found more than nine pounds of white heroin, more than seven pounds of black tar heroin, two pounds of cocaine, more than one pound of methamphetamine, 2,500 Fentanyl pills, two grams of marijuana and $44,300 in cash. 

A police spokesperson said the seizure was one of the largest ever for the department, with one caveat.

"[It's] probably one of the largest in the history of Goodyear with the exception of marijuana," said Goodyear PD Public Information Officer Lisa Berry.

Police later searched Gamez' apartment near 59th and Olive avenues, and allegedly located two pounds of meth, a shotgun, a stolen MCSO deputy AR-15, a stolen MCSO deputy's vest and a military-style flak vest.

Authorities say the MCSO gear was stolen from a vehicle.

Gamez allegedly admitted to being in the United States illegally and said he was paid $1,000 to hold onto the bags. 

He brought the drugs with him into his sister's car because he believed he was being followed. 

He's being held on a $100,000 cash bond on numerous drug-related charges including selling dangerous drugs, transporting dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, money laundering, possession of stolen property and misconduct involving weapons.