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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - There's new information about a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy who was found dead of an apparent suicide.

Former detective Ramon Armendariz, 40, resigned last week after investigators found drugs in his home.

We're getting our first look at a search warrant -- describing in detail -- what MCSO deputies found inside the house -- and some of those items are shocking.

The former deputy collected bags of evidence.  It's unclear why he took evidence home with him, but what's becoming clearer: the documents reveal a troubled man, who in the days before his apparent suicide, quit his job and spiraled out of control.

MCSO deputies say their former colleague hoarded bags of evidence from crime scenes.

According to a search warrant, Armendariz stashed bags containing driver's licenses, passports, even airport security clearance cards.  The documents also say deputies found property bags storing possible drugs, such as heroin and LSD.

Deputies requested the warrant after responding to a call from Armendariz reporting a possible break-in.  They didn't find any thieves, but they found Armendariz to be "under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant or suffering from some kind of manic episode."

Armendariz's bizarre behavior prompted a standoff with police last Sunday and on Tuesday, he talked to FOX 10 through his home's door.

"You know, the incident I went through the other day was very sad and very traumatic for me and all I was doing was asking for help."

Armendariz was never placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.  Just days after the standoff and our interview, according to investigators, he committed suicide.

"We had him evaluated.  He was cleared last week.  He went to the hospital and he was cleared and he went to jail. He was cleared," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Armendariz testified in the federal case that accused Arpaio and his office racially profiled Hispanics.  The former deputy said at the time, there was nothing unusual about arresting Hispanics more than other groups.
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