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Friday March 30, 2001

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Police Beat

By Rachel Schick

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A UA student was arrested yesterday for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her campus dorm room.

The reporting officer arrived at Babcock Inn, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., after an anonymous source reported the smell of burning marijuana coming from a student's dorm room, reports stated.

The officer approached the room of Inez M. Duarte and smelled an odor of burning marijuana coming from the room and heard loud music, reports stated.

Duarte said "Hang on" when the officer knocked on her door. He knocked another time with no answer. The third time he knocked, Duarte opened the door, reports stated.

The officer made contact with Duarte who confirmed the room was hers, reports stated.

With her permission, the officer entered the room and smelled the strong odor of burnt marijuana, reports stated.

The officer asked Duarte where the smell was coming from. She said from the vent, reports stated.

The officer observed several High Times magazines in the room and marijuana-leaf posters on the walls, reports stated.

When asked if she had smoked anything before the officer arrived, Duarte replied, "marijuana," reports stated.

The officer then asked Duarte where the marijuana was. She said she flushed the "roach of a joint" when the officer knocked on the door, reports stated.

The officer asked Duarte if there was any other marijuana or paraphernalia in the room. Duarte presented him with a large purple Graffix water pipe, a pack of Zig Zags and four partially smoked marijuana cigarette "roaches" from an ashtray, reports stated.

Duarte also gave the officer a paper clip which she said she used to clean out the bowl on the water pipe, reports stated.

Duarte was cited and released at the scene. Evidence was sent to the Department of Public Safety for scientific examination, reports stated.

A Tucson woman's Lexus was stolen yesterday from a campus parking lot.

The woman said she parked her vehicle in lot 5078, 1060 E. Ft. Lowell Road, around 4 p.m. to do some shopping, reports stated.

The woman returned around 5 p.m. to find her car missing, reports stated.

Some broken glass was found in the area where the woman had parked her car. The woman could not say for sure which parking spot her car had been parked in, reports stated.

The woman said the car was not hers, it belonged to a friend of hers, reports stated.

She added that the ignition key was inside the vehicle, located in the middle console. She said the doors were locked, reports stated.

Among stolen items in the car was a 12-CD changer in the trunk of the car and about 20 CDs. In addition, the woman's book bag was in the vehicle, reports stated.

A UA student returned to his locked bicycle to find a second lock and a suspicious note.

The student showed the reporting officer a bicycle that he claimed was his, which was locked to a rack outside the Education building, 1430 E. Second St., reports stated.

There were two U-locks on the bicycle, reports stated.

The student provided a note that was found on the bicycle that stated "This bike belongs to me," reports stated.

The note also stated the bicycle may have been reported stolen. An e-mail address was included on the note, reports stated.

The student said he had attempted to contact the e-mail address but received no reply, reports stated.

The officer had the student remove one of the locks to verify it belonged to him. He successfully removed it, reports stated.

The officer ran a check on the bicycle by its serial number. It had not been reported stolen, reports stated.

The student was then sent home to see if he could find a document that proved his ownership of the bike. The student was not successful in finding documentation, reports stated.

The student was informed that the bicycle could not be turned over to him until he provided proof of ownership, reports stated.

The student said he understood and would contact UAPD when he found proof, reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resume can be found at