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Police Beat

By David Halperin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday October 25, 2002

Smoking marijuana in a police car

A man was caught smoking marijuana in a police patrol car after he was arrested Tuesday morning, reports stated.

At about 6:10 a.m., a student reported a man had just stolen a bike, and described the man to police. Shortly after, police stopped and interviewed a man matching the student's description at the northeast corner of the intersection of East Drachman Street and North Mountain Avenue.

The man gave no explanation as to why he was in the area and could not prove ownership of the bike he was riding. He told police he did not have any identification and gave police a name that officers later learned was fake.

Police asked the man what he had in his backpack and the man only said that he did not want officers looking in it.

Police took the reporting student to the man's location, and when she arrived she said, "That's him," reports stated.

Police then placed the man under arrest and put him in an officer's patrol car. One officer began searching in the man's backpack while another went to get gloves in order to properly search the man. While the officer was looking in the trunk for the gloves, the officer searching the backpack saw the man smoking from a glass pipe while seated inside the police car, reports stated.

Police took the contraband from the man and brought him out of the car. After police searched the man, they found his wallet, which revealed his true identity, as well as a plastic baggie containing 7.6 grams of marijuana, reports stated.

A records check showed the man had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court for first degree narcotics charges.

In the backpack, police found a car stereo removable face plate and a CD book containing 72 CDs that had a student's name written on the front.

Police contacted the student, who said the items had been stolen from her earlier after someone broke into her car at Palm Shadows Apartments, 1815 E. Speedway Blvd., reports stated.

Police also found a set of bolt cutters, a crescent wrench and a flat head screwdriver in the backpack. Officers later found another glass pipe on the man, reports stated.

The 35 year-old man was taken to Pima County Jail and booked for having a warrant for his arrest, third degree burglary, theft, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools and false reporting to law enforcement, reports stated.

Possession of marijuana

A student was diverted to the dean of students after a K-9 police dog found a baggie of marijuana he had thrown from his dorm room window Wednesday, reports stated.

At about 12:30 a.m., police went to Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, 1440 E. Fifth St., where a student told police he saw what appeared to be marijuana on another student's desk in a dorm room. The reporting student said he saw the marijuana after he went to the room to tell the other student about his room being noisy.

Police went to the room and spoke with the student, who let police enter the room. Police did not see any marijuana on the student's desk and he denied having any marijuana in the room, reports stated.

Police asked the student if officers could search his room with a narcotics dog, and the student said, "Yes," reports stated.

The K-9 dog was alerted to the student's desk, but no marijuana could be found, and the student continued to deny that he had any marijuana.

Police then took the dog outside to the north side of the dorm to have the dog search the ground below the student's window. Under the student's window, the dog was alerted to a plastic baggie containing 12.4 grams of a green leafy substance.

After telling the student about the find, he told police the marijuana was his, reports stated. Police diverted the 18 year-old student to the dean of students and placed the marijuana into property as evidence, reports stated.

Stolen bike

A student reported her $100 bike was stolen from outside her apartment Wednesday morning, reports stated.

At about 4 p.m., the student told police her bike was not locked and had been stolen between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from outside her apartment at Palm Shadows Apartments, 1815 E. Speedway Blvd.

There are no suspects, reports stated.

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


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