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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
April 18, 2000
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University police arrested a man Saturday after an unidentified person notified a UAPD officer that a man was smoking possible marijuana in his car, reports stated.

An officer was directing outbound traffic flow at Spring Fling at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave., at about 12:10 a.m., when the person told him that Ronald Rodriguez, 31, of the 800 block of West Paris Promade, was smoking.

The officer approached Rodriguez's car, and Rodriguez rolled up his front driver's side window.

The officer went around the rear of the car to check Rodriguez's license plates, and he noticed the rear passenger window was rolled down and the odor of burnt marijuana was coming from the car, reports stated.

The officer knocked on Rodriguez's window, and he rolled it down.

He asked Rodriguez where he put the hand-rolled cigarette he was smoking, and Rodriguez pulled out his car ashtray and handed it to the officer.

The cigarette smelled of burnt marijuana and contained a green leafy substance, reports stated.

Another officer arrived at the scene for backup and asked Rodriguez if he had any marijuana in the car.

Rodriguez reached beneath his driver's seat and produced a baggie containing about six to eight grams of a green leafy substance, reports stated.

One of the officers also found a small metal smoking device with possible marijuana residue in it, reports stated.

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

A UA student was arrested Friday afternoon at a campus-area restaurant after an unidentified person notified UAPD that the student was drinking underage, reports stated.

An officer went to Taco Bron, 831 N. Park Ave., at about 6:10 p.m. and contacted Eric Leven, who the officer thought was underage.

He asked Leven, 18, of Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 602 N. Highland Ave., for identification, and Leven produced a New Jersey driver license with his real statistics.

The officer asked Leven if he could look through his wallet to see if he had a fake identification card, and Leven agreed to let him search the wallet, reports stated.

Police found an Oregon driver license with a picture that looked like Leven and a date of birth that would have made Leven 27, reports stated.

The officer read Leven his Miranda rights, and Leven acknowledged he knew his rights and that he knew he was using the Oregon driver license for illegal activity, reports stated.

Leven was cited on suspicion of possession of a fictitious license and released at the scene.

UAPD officers arrested a man Friday afternoon after a UA student called police and told them the man was acting belligerent to students, reports stated.

The student said while he was at Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth St., at about 2 p.m., when he saw Charles Jensen, 57, of a general delivery address, yelling at students and standing in the bike path so students couldn't ride through.

UAPD officers went to the scene, and two community security officers showed them where Jensen was.

The officers saw Jensen near a tree near the residence hall and noticed a wet spot on the tree, reports stated.

An officer asked Jensen if he had urinated on the tree and he said he did, reports stated.

Jensen also admitted to the officers that a bottle of whiskey near the tree was his and he was drinking from it, reports stated.

During a check of Jensen's records, another UAPD officer told the other two that he had given Jensen several warnings for trespassing on UA property.

Jensen was cited on suspicion of third-degree criminal trespass, drinking in public and criminal nuisance and booked into Pima County Jail.

Police arrested a man Friday morning after finding him smoking a hand-rolled cigarette that smelled of burnt marijuana, reports stated.

The officers found Carl Johnson, 44, of a general delivery address, at about 7:23 a.m. near a trash can between Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, 1011 N. Tyndall Ave., and the Diocese of Tucson Direct Center of Independence Inc., 1023 N. Tyndall Ave., with a hand-rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance, reports stated.

Johnson said he found the hand-rolled cigarette near the trash can and he frequently finds them there, reports stated.

He was cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana and released at the scene.

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

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