Stash Houses

The following lists the typical indicators of a stash house. These indicators alone do not necessarily mean that the occupants of the home are running a drug stash house. However, if these indicators or any other suspicious activity is observed at the residence, it may warrant investigation.

Community members are encouraged to contact the Mesa Police Department drug interdiction number at 480-262-1174 to report suspicious activity. Callers may remain anonymous.


  • Most drug stash houses are rental homes.
  • Stash house caretakers prefer homes with attached garages.
  • Yard is unkempt, although sometimes they send someone periodically to clean it up to avoid attention.
  • Usually little, if any, furniture in the home.
  • Occupants tend to keep to themselves and they will not be visible on a daily basis. If the occupants are actually living at the stash house, they will not appear to hold a regular job, or have a "normal" pattern of lifestyle.
  • Different types of vehicles, especially vans and pickup trucks, will enter and exit the garage at different hours of the day or night (quite often they prefer to work in the night time or early morning hours.)
  • The vehicles arriving at the stash house will have different license plates on them, including Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. They may often display paper "buyer" or "dealer" tags. They may also use these license plates interchangeably with all of the vehicles.
  • You may not see anyone at the stash house for several days or weeks, and then there will be a lot of activity (as described above) at the house.
  • There may be an accumulation of advertisement material on the front door.
  • Stash house occupants do not usually put their trash out for regular collection, but instead, prefer to dump it at another location themselves.