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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday January 15, 2003

Two Tucson men were arrested Friday after police found marijuana and alcohol in a vehicle near campus, reports stated.

Police pulled the car over just before midnight at North Park Avenue and East Fourth Street after they saw the vehicle make an illegal left turn. Officers spoke with the driver, 19, and the 20-year-old and 17-year-old passengers, reports stated.

The driver allowed police to search the vehicle. Officers found a bottle of tequila, a bottle of rum, a rolled cigarette and 9.6 grams of marijuana wrapped in cellophane, reports stated.

The driver said the tequila and drugs were his and the rum belonged to the 20-year-old passenger. He told police that his friend paid a homeless man to buy some of the alcohol, reports stated.

The passenger admitted to possessing the rum and denied smoking any marijuana.

He said that he got the alcohol from his parents' house, reports stated.

He told police that no one was smoking marijuana in the car, despite the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle, reports stated.

The driver was arrested and taken to Pima County Jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of marijuana, being a minor in possession of alcohol and failing to obey a traffic control device, reports stated.

The 20-year-old was cited and released for being a minor in possession of alcohol, reports stated.

Police called the 17-year-old's parents but were unable to speak with them.

She was released into the custody of the 20-year-passenger, her boyfriend, reports stated.

A Tucson man claims that he was threatened approximately six months after he dropped off two lambs and two castrated male cows at campus for slaughtering and processing, reports stated.

The man, 37, told police that he dropped the livestock off at the Meat Science Laboratory, 4040 N. Campbell Ave. When he returned Friday to pick up the meat, he felt that the laboratory had shorted him 250 pounds of meat, reports stated.

When the man complained to the lab supervisor about being cheated, another employee lunged at the man and threatened to "kick his ass," reports stated.

Other employees restrained the employee, and the man finished his discussion over the processed meat with the lab supervisor in an office, reports stated.

The man took the boxes of processed steer and lamb and left the lab.

He requested that police investigate the incident.

A Tucson man told police Friday that he thought it was legal to drink beer while driving because it was legal in Mississippi, reports sated.

Officers saw the man speeding while driving north on North Euclid Avenue and East Helen Street at 8:15 p.m., reports stated.

When police stopped the man, they saw an open beer can in his console cup holder and five full beers in a plastic bag on the floor of the car.

The man told police that he had just gotten off work and stopped at the store to buy beer before heading home.

He handed police the cold beer and gave them his work ID card.

He told police that he just had a couple of sips from the can while driving home.

Police cited and released the man on suspicion of having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle, speeding and not having proof of insurance, reports stated.

The open beer can was dumped out.

Police do not know who damaged a UA automatic door over winter break, reports stated.

A UA employee at the Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road, told police that she noticed the door's button was black, melted and did not work. She believes the button was melted between the mornings of Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, reports stated.

The employee called risk management and facilities services to fix the button.

There are no suspects and no witnesses at this time.

A UA student's bike was stolen from a campus building over break, reports sated.

The student used a U-lock to secure her bike to the racks near the Student Union Memorial Center, reports stated.

When she returned later that day, the bike and lock were gone. There are no suspects and no witnesses.


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