Map: Ecstasy manufacturing operation
PHOENIX – A man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months of supervised probation for his role in an Ecstasy manufacturing operation near Arizona State University in Tempe.
Malik Haseem Hooper, 20, must also pay a fine of $3,660 and perform 100 hours of community service.
Hooper pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
A traffic stop in December led to the discovery of the drug operation. A Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol officer stopped Andrew James Gajkowski, 20, for an HOV lane violation on Interstate 17. The officer found a backpack with Ecstasy pills and some cocaine during a search of the vehicle.
Detectives obtained search warrants for Gajkowski's home in Goodyear and his apartment at a student housing complex near Apache and Rural roads. Detectives found 30 pounds of product used to manufacture Ecstasy pills along with thousands of Ecstasy pills inside the apartment.
Officials said the apartment was essentially a pill factory, which included a pill press complete with a motor.
Gajkowski faces numerous drug charges.
Hunter Ault, 20, Edward Ortiz, 19, and Kevin Kimes, 21, were also arrested in the case.