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Arrest of ASU student leads to ecstasy 'factory' near campus

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Andrew Gajkowski (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Andrew Gajkowski (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Hunter Ault (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Hunter Ault (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Edward Ortiz (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Edward Ortiz (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Malik Hooper  (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Malik Hooper (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Kevin Kimes  (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Kevin Kimes (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A traffic stop involving an Arizona State University student led to the discovery of a drug manufacturing operation near the university campus and five arrests Wednesday evening.

Andrew James Gajkowski, 20, was driving on Interstate 17 and was stopped by an Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol officer about 5:30 p.m. 

A DPS spokesman said the trooper pulled Gajkowski over because he was driving alone in the HOV lane. The trooper also smelled marijuana after he stopped the car.

A subsequent search of his vehicle turned up a backpack containing ecstasy pills and cocaine, according to a report on the DPS website.

Detectives obtained search warrants for the man's home in Goodyear and for his apartment near Apache and Rural roads in Tempe, according to the report.

In the Tempe apartment, detectives found thousands of ecstasy pills, 30 pounds of material used in the manufacture of ecstasy, and a pill press with motor, a veritable pill "factory," DPS said.

A spokeswoman for ASU confirmed the Gajkowski was a student. He has been booked into jail on several charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs, transportation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy and manufacture for sale of dangerous drugs. 

According to DPS, others arrested were:

  • Malik Haseem Hooper. He is charged with possession of marijuana, illegal control of enterprise and conspiracy. 
  • Hunter Ault, 20. He is charged with possession of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, possession and use of dangerous drugs, possession for sale - dangerous drugs, illegal control of enterprise, manufacturing of dangerous drugs, conspiracy, possession of a forged instrument and forgery.  
  • Edward Ortiz, 19. He is charged with possession of marijuana, possession for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession for sale - dangerous drugs, illegal control of enterprise and conspiracy.  
  • Kevin Kimes, 20. He is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs, illegal control of enterprise, possession for sale - dangerous drugs, conspiracy.

"We want to find out what was their association, what was the hierarchy, if you will, who was doing what with these pills," said DPS spokesman Bart Graves.

Julie Newberg provided CBS 5 News with a written statement:

"Students who violate the law are subject to any criminal penalties brought against them through the court system.

"When the university learns of alleged conduct by one if its students, that would constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the matter is referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for investigation. Based upon the findings of the investigation, the office determines the appropriate sanction, ranging from no sanction, suspension and expulsion from housing and/or school."

The apartment complex is housing for juniors and senior at ASU, Newberg said.

Ecstasy is a synthetic drug with properties similar to amphetamine and hallucinogens and is classified as a stimulant, according to The Partnership at Drugfree.org, and goes by the street names of Adam, E, Molly, Roll, X and XTC.

DPS said the man was facing possible charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, manufacture of a dangerous drug, conducting an illegal enterprise and conspiracy.

ASU police and Tempe police were assisting in the ongoing investigation, according to the DPS website.

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