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Cops: Ariz. State student ran ecstasy "factory" near campus

PHOENIX - A traffic stop involving an Arizona State University student led to the discovery of a drug manufacturing operation near the university campus Wednesday evening, CBS affiliate KPHO reported.

Authorities said a 20-year-old man driving on Interstate 17 was stopped by a Highway Patrol officer in the early evening, and a search of his vehicle turned up a backpack containing ecstasy pills and cocaine, according to the Department of Public safety.

KPHO reports detectives obtained search warrants for the man's home in Goodyear and for his apartment in Tempe, where investigators say they found thousands of ecstasy pills, 30 pounds of material used to make the drug, and a pill press with motor - a veritable pill "factory," authorities called it.

A spokeswoman for Arizona State confirmed the suspect was a student at the school.

"Students who violate the law are subject to any criminal penalties brought against them through the court system," spokeswoman Julie Newberg said.

The apartment complex where the alleged drug haul was found is housing for juniors and senior at ASU, Newberg said.

Ecstasy is a synthetic drug with properties similar to amphetamine and hallucinogens.

Police said the suspect is facing possible charges of possession, manufacture and transport of a dangerous drug, as well as conducting an illegal enterprise and conspiracy.


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