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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
November 15, 1999
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University police arrested a UA student Thursday after finding her with a baggie containing a green, leafy substance, police reports stated.

Mary Kathleen Obrien, 20, of the 200 block of North Warren Avenue, was at Circle K, 1610 E. Sixth St., at about 1 a.m. when police saw her.

The officer was making a purchase at Circle K when he saw Obrien standing near the counter holding the baggie.

As the officer watched her, she noticed him and turned away to hide the baggie, reports stated.

The officer asked her what she had in her hands, and she pulled the baggie out of her pants pocket.

The officer asked Obrien what she was showing him, and she said, "It's pot," reports stated.

The officer read Obrien her rights, and she agreed to answer his questions.

She told the officer that "some kid" gave her the baggie, reports stated.

Obrien said she had it in her pants because she put the substance in her pocket the day before and wore them again Thursday, reports stated.

The officer went to his car to get a citation, and when he went back inside the Circle K, he saw a ceramic smoking device in the doorway, reports stated.

He asked Obrien if she knew anything about the device, and she said, "No, my pipe is in my pocket," reports stated.

Obrien pulled a metal smoking device out of her pocket, and the officer noticed possible marijuana residue on it, reports stated.

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

A UA student was arrested Thursday evening after a resident assistant noticed the possible smell of marijuana coming from his room.

Matthew Kissin, 18, of Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall, 940 E. Fourth St., was in his room at about 7:15 p.m. when the resident assistant called the UAPD.

Police arrived and spoke with the resident assistant, who told police that he smelled an odor of possible marijuana coming from Kissin's room.

Police went to Kissin's room and asked him if he knew anything about the odor, reports stated.

Kissin said he did not know what the officer was talking about, and the officer asked to search his room, reports stated.

Kissin agreed, and the officer asked him if he might find any drugs, alcohol or weapons during the search, reports stated.

According to reports, Kissin said the officer might find some drugs.

The officer continued his search, and he found two baggies containing a green, leafy substance, a glass smoking device with possible marijuana residue, a small metal clip scale and cigarette rolling papers, reports stated.

The officer read Kissin his rights and handcuffed him.

Kissin told the officer that a friend had given him the substance, but Kissin then said he didn't want to answer any more questions without a lawyer, reports stated.

The officer led Kissin out to his patrol car, and on the way down to the car, the officer asked him where he got the scale.

The officer advised Kissin that he had upheld his Miranda rights, and if he wanted to tell the officer where he got the scale, the officer would have to read his rights again, reports stated.

Kissin agreed to speak with the officer, and the officer read him his rights a second time, reports stated.

Kissin said he got the scale and the marijuana from a woman on North Fourth Avenue on Saturday night, reports stated.

He said he was walking by the Dairy Queen on Fourth Avenue when the woman approached him and asked him if he wanted to buy some marijuana, reports stated.

He asked her if the quantity was exact, and she provided him with the scale, reports stated.

Kissin got a phone number from the woman and said he could identify her if he saw her again, reports stated.

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

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