Man pleads guilty in Ecstasy manufacturing case

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PHOENIX – A man arrested after an Ecstasy manufacturing operation was discovered near Arizona State University has pleaded guilty in the case.

Kevin Kimes, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to solicitation to commit dangerous drugs for sale and solicitation to possess chemicals and equipment to manufacture drugs.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 11.

Kimes was arrested after Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives found 30 pounds of product used to manufacture Ecstasy pills along with thousands of pills inside Andrew James Gajkowski's apartment at a student housing complex near Apache and Rural roads in Tempe.

Officials said the apartment was essentially a pill factory, which included a pill press complete with a motor.

Gajkowski, Malik Haseem Hooper, Hunter Ault and Edward Ortiz were also arrested in the case.

Hooper pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. In April, he was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation. He must also pay $3,660 and perform 100 hours of community service.

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