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Police Beat: March 9, 2015

Joint fun

A University of Arizona Police Department officer was called to Theta Tau engineering fraternity because an off-duty officer smelled burning marijuana from the southwest corner of the yard on Feb. 25 at 4:53 p.m.

Three joints were sitting on the brick skirting next to Corporal Sierra, and one appeared to be half-smoked, according to the officer. The joints looked to be rolled in the same way with a piece of folded white paper at the end inside. The half-smoked joint was rolled with brown paper, and the other two were with a light brown translucent rolling paper.

The officer spoke with three fraternity members, one woman and two men, about their involvement. They were each read their Miranda rights. The UAPD officer then asked who the joints belonged to, and one of the men claimed they were all his. The other male interjected in the conversation and said he was to blame as well.

One of the male students said he got scared when the officer came up to the block wall and told all four fraternity members to come out of the backyard and speak with him. In his state of mind, he threw the half-smoked joint into the rocks on the southwest side of the courtyard.

The fourth individual said she just arrived on the scene and had not been smoking. The officer also claimed that she showed no signs or symptoms from smoking, and the other three individuals said she had not been smoking either, but they admitted to do so themselves.

The three marijuana smokers had bloodshot eyes, a greenish-brown tint on their tongues and raised taste buds. They were all taken to the UA Diversion Program for possession/use of marijuana. A referral was sent to the Dean of Students Office. Corporal Sierra and the UAPD officer spoke with the fraternity president to let him know about the three house members smoking marijuana.

The three joints were submitted into UAPD Property and Evidence.

Space alien

A UA student and the Coconino Residence Hall resident assistant told a UAPD officer on Feb. 25 about an unknown person drawing space aliens with Mexican innuendos on a white board. The individual had labeled them illegal aliens with dry erase markers in study room No. 10 in the unlocked basement.

One of the drawings had a space alien wearing a sombrero with a gun in one hand and a maraca in the other. On top of the drawing was the statement, “The illegal alien has returned.” The drawing next to it had an alien saluting a Confederate flag and the word “illegal alien” with an arrow pointing toward the alien. The next drawing was of a space alien and a cowboy hugging each other with a U.S. passport with a photo of the space alien in it next to them.

The white board is located near the dorm’s custodial closet. The custodian spoke with the officer, saying she is the one who saw the drawings and reported them to the RA. She said she feels that the drawings may have been directed toward her, since the closet is right next to the board, but said she doesn’t feel threatened or have any safety concerns.

The RA said that the dorm Community Director sent out a hall-wide email asking if anyone knew who was doing the drawings, but he doesn’t know if the director has received any information.

Photos of the drawings were taken and entered into Property and Evidence.

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