PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 38-year-old Sergio Ortiz-Godinez, of Phoenix, was charged with Conspiracy, Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, Transportation of a Dangerous Drug (methamphetamine) for Sale, Possession of a Dangerous Drug (methamphetamine) for Sale, Possession of a Narcotic Drug (heroin) for Sale, and Misconduct Involving Weapons. Appearing before Judge Stephen Hopkins, Ortiz-Godinez was held to answer after a preliminary hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court on March 20, 2020.
Detectives from the Tempe Police Department, Mesa Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office arrested Ortiz-Godinez on March 18, 2020, after allegedly transporting 30 pounds of methamphetamine to a Phoenix motel intended for a customer. A search warrant was later served at Ortiz-Godinez’s apartment where an additional 16 pounds of methamphetamine, over one kilogram of heroin, various packaging materials, ledgers, and a firearm were also discovered.
Ortiz-Godinez is currently being held in the Maricopa County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.
Ortiz-Godinez has pleaded not guilty to the alleged charges and will appear in court for an initial pretrial conference on May 14, 2020.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Copy of Charging Information.
Below is the booking photograph for Ortiz-Godinez