Goodyear police arrest 5 in illegal drug sales bust

Posted 8/7/20

Goodyear police say they have arrested five people in connection with the illegal sale of drugs out of a home.

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Goodyear police arrest 5 in illegal drug sales bust

Goodyear Police Department

Goodyear police say they arrested five people in connection with the illegal sale of drugs out of a home.

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Goodyear Narcotics Detectives conducted surveillance on a residence west of Dysart Road and Encanto Boulevard in Palm Valley Phase I in reference to a drug tip.

According to court documents, numerous people would come and go from the residence, with moderate traffic during the day and increasing at night. Police also discovered the residence had three calls for service since April related to drug activity and/or suspicious activity.

Police conducted two traffic stops on vehicles leaving the residence from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. In one vehicle, officers discovered two large boxes full of marijuana vape cartridges and marijuana oils, along with $1,000 in cash. They also detained Eduardo Torres, 27, and a 23-year-old woman, according to court documents. However, the woman was later released and not charged, police said.

The second vehicle was operated by a 16-year-old who was in possession of two handguns — one reported stolen out of Glendale — a ballistic vest, $3,000 in U.S. currency, marijuana and 20 grams of cocaine, police said.

Officers tried to stop a third vehicle that left the residence, but it fled from officers into neighboring Avondale. Officers later located the vehicle stuck in a dirt field. Police said they located and arrested two juvenile occupants that attempted to flee from the vehicle on foot.

Police said the third vehicle had about 10 pounds of marijuana, U.S. currency, two firearms and large amounts of marijuana cartridges.

The Goodyear SWAT team served a search warrant at the residence and arrested Giovanni Jimenez-Reyes, 25, without incident, according to court documents. The residence was being used to process and stash large amounts of illegal drugs, police said. The 25-year-old allegedly claimed he was paid $300 each day to transport drugs to customers and $1 for each cartridge he made, records state. He also claimed to be working for the homeowner of the residence. Police say they are actively seeking him.

Eduardo Torres of Phoenix was booked into jail on charges of narcotic drug possession, money laundering, illegally conducting an enterprise and conspiracy. However, court documents state there was no probable cause for the last three charges. He was also released on own recognizance.

Giovanni Jimenez-Reyes was booked into jail without bond on charges of narcotic drug manufacture, marijuana possession for use/sale, prohibited possession of a weapon, hindering prosecution, conspiracy, money laundering and conducting an illegal enterprise. However, probable cause was not found on the last three charges.

Police said three juveniles from Phoenix, ages 16-17, were arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention.