Smoke shop owners accused of selling pot and stolen property
Griffith Smith By Alicia Barron
Joshua Gault By Alicia Barron
Tyler Brenenstuhl By Alicia Barron
TEMPE, Ariz. – Two smoke shop owners and another man are under arrest for alleged crimes including trafficking stolen goods and marijuana sale.
The Tempe Police Department’s Special Investigations Bureau started an investigation in February after receiving reports of alleged criminal activity that took place in the parking lot near House of Glass Smoke Shop in the 1600 block of E. Apache Boulevard.
An undercover detective was able to quickly observe the owners and employees at the business allegedly being involved in the purchasing of stolen property and marijuana sales.
A press release from Tempe police alleges the smoke shop owners, identified as 49-year-old Griffith Howard Smith and 27-year-old Joshua Wayne Gault, both of Peoria, bought over 70 taxed and non-taxed cartons of cigarettes on numerous occasions. Those cartons were allegedly re-sold in the smoke shop for profit.
Tempe police say both suspects and a third individual identified as 20-year-old Tyler Daniel Brenenstuhl, were also caught selling pot and morphine pills to undercover agents.
All three suspects were arrested Tuesday. A search warrant was served at House of Glass Smoke Shop where investigators found marijuana, two handguns and other items being used as evidence.
Smith faces 21 counts including trafficking stolen property, marijuana sales, sale of narcotic drugs, conspiracy and money laundering.
Gault faces 25 charges for the same alleged crimes. Brenenstuhl faces four felony counts of marijuana sale.