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    Police Beat

    Cocaine, contraband discovered in Cochise

    Three men were cited and released for different drug charges March 17 at 7:10 p.m.

    Police responded to Cochise hall after a Resident Assistant called to report the smell of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. Officers noted that the smell was very strong in the hallway and outside the room.

    As police walked toward the room, two men stepped out of the room and into the hallway. Another man stood behind them in the doorway and one more man stayed in the room spraying an aerosol can.

    One of the men told the officer that he was the resident of the room. Police separated the men and spoke with them. Officers noted that the three men who did not live in the room appeared to be extremely nervous. They were all trembling and one appeared to be hyperventilating.

    One of the men told officers that he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. He said that he had not smoked in the dorm room. He did tell them that he saw the resident of the room smoking from a large bong approximately ten minutes before police arrived. He showed no signs of marijuana use.

    Police then interviewed another man who told them that he had smoked with the resident in his room about ten minutes earlier. He would not say if anyone else had smoked marijuana, but he did tell police that he had seen loose powder cocaine on the resident’s desk. He said he did not see anyone use it. He was cited and released for possession of marijuana.

    The last man told officers that he had also smoked marijuana approximately ten minutes earlier. He told officers that he also saw cocaine in the room. He was cited and released for possession of marijuana.

    The resident of the room told officers they could enter his room and ask him questions. When asked if he knew why they were there, he said, “”Probably because it smells like marijuana,”” and that it was because he and the other men had been smoking marijuana in the room. Police asked him if there was more marijuana in the room. He said that there was in the back bedroom, then got a clear plastic baggie containing marijuana and gave it to police. The officers noticed that there were several smoking devices in plain view on the man’s desk, including bongs, pipes, a Volcano vaporizer, scales, grinders and containers. There was also a pile of cash on the man’s desk. Police then noticed a white powder on the man’s desk.

    Police took the man out to the front room the question him. He told them that he had purchased the bag of marijuana for $350. Because he had scales and cash, the man was asked if he was dealing marijuana. He said no. He did tell them that he smoked marijuana almost every day and he got the drug from a person on campus who he did not wish to name.

    Police then asked the man if the white powder was cocaine. He said that it was and that he did not use cocaine often.

    The man allowed police to search his room for contraband. While searching, an officer found seven small orange pills that appeared to be a prescription drug. The man said that they were Adderall pills he had gotten from a friend to help him concentrate.

    All of the contraband was taken from the man’s room. The man was taken to the Pima County Jail where he was booked on felony charges of narcotic drug possession, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Other felony charges were being investigated.

    Bookworm busted for imbibing brew

    A man was cited and released for drinking in public March 17 at 8:58 a.m.

    While on bike patrol near the library, an officer noticed a man sitting on the north side of the building with a black bag next to his foot. The officer saw the man reach into the bag, remove a glass container and drink from it.

    Police made contact with the man. They asked him what he was drinking. He man said he was just using the library and needed to get a drink and that it was beer. The officer saw that it was a 40-ounce Steel Reserve bottle that had approximately one-fourth of its contents. The bottle was still cold to the touch.

    The man was cited and released on scene for drinking in public. He was told that he was welcome to use the library, but if he needed to have a beer on campus he would not be allowed to be on UA property in the future. The man said he understood and walked off campus.

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