An associate of Aaron Hernandez informed authorities about a secret apartment used by the former Patriots tight end that has yielded more evidence, according to search warrants.
Carlos Ortiz told detectives a day before Hernandez's arrest that the former Patriots star "has another address that not many people know about" according to the search warrant obtained from Wrentham District Court.
Ortiz - who police say was with Hernandez the night Odin Lloyd was murdered - referred to the apartment as a "flop house." He told authorities he and Hernandez stopped by the apartment on June 18, the night after the homicide.
On June 26 police searched the Franklin, Massachusetts apartment and discovered a white hooded sweatshirt they say matches the description of the shirt Hernandez was seen wearing in surveillance video the night of the murder. The search warrant also shows police recovered several rounds of ammunition, including five boxes of .45-caliber bullets, the same type used in the shooting death of Lloyd.
Investigators also found a baseball cap they say Hernandez was seen wearing in Boston several days prior to the murder.
Court records show police also found a "New England Patriots check to Aaron Hernandez" and a check from "Puma."
State police detective Michael Bates requested four different search warrants on the same day, each one granted by a clerk magistrate at Wrentham District Court. The reason for multiple requests is investigators continued to discover new items of interest and needed to ask permission from the courts to retrieve them.
Hernandez, 23, is facing first degree murder for the June 17 homicide of Lloyd. Ortiz and Ernest Wallace – described as associates of Hernandez – are also facing charges in connection with the slaying. Hernandez and Ortiz have pleaded not guilty. Wallace is awaiting extradition following his arrest earlier this week in Florida.
The search warrant also raised questions about whether police would find cocaine there.
"Cocaine is commonly packaged in small plastic bags which are easily and likely concealed on one's person," the affidavit states, requesting the authority to search anyone inside the apartment.
It does not appear investigators found any drugs or related paraphernalia, according to the warrant.
Neighbors at 599 Old West Central Street in Franklin – known as Ledgewood apartments – said they saw police coming and going for days.
A sign on the door leading to Hernandez's apartment tells residents that "due to recent events" locks were being changed on the building. It also asked residents not to let anyone in the building they didn't know.
Investigators seized a black Hummer SUV from the apartment complex last week as part of their search. The warrant reveals property managers received complaints from other tenants because it wasn't parked in a proper space. They told detectives they were close to having it towed when authorities seized it, according to the court documents.
The search warrant also reveals a grand jury in Fall River was hearing evidence in the case the same day Hernandez was arrested. Detectives wrote on June 26 they drove Hernandez's barber from the grand jury hearing to the apartment to identify the building. The man told investigators he had been to the apartment in the past.