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Police Beat: February 3

Stealthy approach

A UA student was cited and released for public urination and underage drinking Jan. 27 at 1:40 a.m.

A University of Arizona Police Department officer was patrolling near Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall when he noticed a group of people sitting in a courtyard and smoking cigarettes. The officer also saw a student standing up against a wall urinating onto the ground.

The student didn’t notice the officer approaching him and finished urinating before the officer spoke to him. The officer noticed signs that he was intoxicated, including the smell of alcohol on the student’s breath, his red and watery eyes and his slurred speech. The student said he was 18 years old and had been drinking Keystone Light in his room earlier. He said all the alcohol was gone and wouldn’t allow the officer to search his room.

The student was referred to the Dean of Students Office.

BB’s, bikes and heroin

A non-UA affiliated man was arrested on charges of violating a UA exclusionary order and possession of narcotic paraphernalia Jan. 27 at 2:14 a.m.

A UAPD officer saw a man with a backpack riding a bicycle near the University of Arizona Medical Center. The man approached the officer and asked him if he knew where the entrance to the emergency room was. The officer recognized the man as someone who had been given a UA exclusionary order, barring him from being on campus. When the officer asked the man for his ID, he said he had lost it but provided his name. The man said he was “looking for things on the ground to make money.”

The officer checked and found that the man had a warrant for a misdemeanor from the Tucson Police Department and confirmed that there was an exclusionary order against him, so the officer placed the man under arrest. When the officer searched the man’s backpack, she found a used syringe, a metal spoon with burnt residue and a black piece of wet cotton. The man told the officer that the black cotton material was heroin.

The officer also found bolt cutters and two black handgun-style BB guns and a container of BB’s inside the backpack. The officer informed the man that he could not possess BB guns on the UA campus. The man could not provide proof that he owned the bicycle, saying that he “pieced it together by working at a local bicycle shop.”

A field test confirmed the material was heroin. The backpack and all the items inside the backpack were placed into UAPD evidence. The man was transported and booked into Pima County Adult Detention Center.

Don’t come in

Four UA students received Code of Conduct violations for possession of drug paraphernalia on Tuesday at 1:00 a.m.

A UAPD officer responded to a call from a resident assistant in Coronado Residence Hall who said that while conducting rounds, she smelled marijuana coming from one of the rooms.

The RA took the officer to the room in question, and the officer also noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the room. The officer knocked on the door several times before a resident of the room responded.

When the door was opened, the smell of marijuana became stronger. The resident, his roommate and two other students were inside the room. The officer asked to speak with the residents inside the room, but the first resident said that he felt more comfortable speaking in the hallway. The officer said it was fine to speak in the hallway and spoke with each of the four students separately.

Three of the students denied smoking marijuana in the room. The first resident, however, said that while he had not been smoking marijuana, his roommates may have been.

The resident consented to a search of his side of the room. The officer found a broken glass pipe and a nail clipper bearing burn marks inside the common bathroom shared with another room. The roommate would not consent to a search of his side of the room. The two residents and their suitemates, with whom they shared the communal bathroom, all denied knowing about the items.

The broken glass pipe and nail clippers were placed into UAPD evidence. The four students had the Code of Conduct violation forms forwarded to the Dean of Students Office.

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