Stash house bust nets 10 arrests, 358 lbs. of pot

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested 10 people and seized 358 pounds of marijuana after discovering a stash house in Phoenix late Saturday night.

Detectives also confiscated six firearms and $5,000 in cash.

While in the area of State Route 85 near Buckeye, a detective noticed bales of marijuana covered with flannel clothing in the backseat of a vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

The detective followed the vehicle until other detectives responded to assist. The vehicle drove to a residence on the 3500 block of East Yale Street.

The sheriff's office said detectives staked outside the house while waiting to obtain a search warrant.

Four men reportedly left the residence in the same vehicle spotted near State Route 85, and drove to a home improvement store at 36th Street and Thomas Road -- about half a mile from the house.

While the vehicle was parking, the detectives learned their search warrant was granted, the sheriff's office said. Detectives apprehended the four men at the store.

Other detectives continued watching over the residence and learned six other people were still inside.

When the sheriff's SWAT team arrived at the house to execute the warrant, the six men reportedly fled out the back of the house and jumped fences into neighboring backyards.

They were eventually located in neighbors' yards and taken into custody.

The suspects were identified as Jorge Adria Silva-Landero, 23; Paul Lopez, 18; Jesus Maldanado, 30; Jose Eladio Ayala-clandero, 18; Victor Manuel Ayala-Quintero, 30; Gonzalo Armando Castoreno-Barrios, 31; Lorenzo Antonio Ayala-Vazquez, 26; Felix Arturo Ayala-Tamayo, 24; and Gumaro Lopez, 47.

One suspect's name was not released because he is a juvenile.

The sheriff's office said four of the suspects were illegal immigrants.

All of the suspects were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on felony drug and weapons charges.