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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
April 11, 2000
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University police sent a UA student to the UA Dean of Students Office Diversion Program after smelling burnt marijuana smoke coming from an apartment complex, police reports stated.

An officer was at Babcock Residence Hall, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., at about 2:20 a.m. investigating a noise disturbance, when he noticed the smell of marijuana, reports stated.

The officer checked the Babcock area, but didn't find the source of the smell.

At about 2:25 a.m., the officer was joined by another UAPD officer and they went to Palm Shadows Apartments, 1816 E. Helen St., because the first officer heard voices and saw lights on.

The officer finally found the source of the burnt marijuana smell at Palm Shadows, and he knocked on the door of the residence the smell was coming from, reports stated.

No one answered the door at first, but after several more knocks, a man, Abdulwahab Ali Alzahrani, 20, of Palm Shadows Apartments, opened the door.

The officers asked if they could enter the residence, and Alzahrani said they could, reports stated.

Alzahrani said he and two friends were watching television while his roommate slept, reports stated.

One of the officers noticed a pile of green leafy substance sitting on a magazine on the floor near an ashtray, reports stated.

The officer asked if anyone in the room was smoking marijuana and told them about the smell outside the building, reports stated.

No one claimed to have smoked marijuana, and no one claimed the pile of the substance on the magazine, reports stated.

The officer then told Alzahrani that since the apartment was leased in his name, the contents of the apartment were under his control.

Alzahrani then told the officer that he had smoked marijuana in the room, but his friends were just watching television, reports stated.

Alzahrani was diverted to the Dean of Students Office program.

UAPD officers arrested a UA student Saturday after a campus security officer found him with suspected marijuana near a UA building, reports stated.

The security officer was performing an outdoor building check of the Biological Sciences-West building, 1041 E. Lowell St., at about 5:20 p.m. when he saw a man, James Cardoza, 19, of Yavapai Residence Hall, 1222 E. South Campus Dr., walking up a stairwell.

The security officer noticed the man was carrying a green bottle filled with smoke, and the security officer detained him until UAPD officers arrived.

When the officers arrived, they asked Cardoza what he was doing.

Cardoza told police he was sprinkling a substance on tin foil, lighting it and smoking it, reports stated.

The officer asked him if he had smoked any marijuana, and Cardoza said he had earlier in the week, reports stated.

The officer noticed a bulge in his sock and asked Cardoza to show him what the object was, reports stated.

According to the reports, Cardoza acted nervous, and his eyes fluttered rapidly as he spoke.

Cardoza removed a plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance from his sock and gave it to the officer.

The officer asked him if he had any more baggies and Cardoza said he didn't, reports stated.

Cardoza was cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana and use of drug paraphernalia and released at the scene.

A UA student was arrested Saturday by a UAPD officer after someone reported a man trespassing in a swimming pool on campus, reports stated.

An officer went to Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, 1824 E. Enke Dr., at about 3 a.m. to check on the report of trespassing and encountered James Thornton, 20, of the 1400 block of East Blacklidge Drive, in the pool area.

The officer noticed the smell of alcohol coming from Thornton and asked him if he had been drinking, reports stated.

He told the officer he drank one beer, reports stated.

The officer cited Thornton on suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol and released him on the promise that Thornton would appear in court for the citation.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Reports.

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