2 Tucson men fail to learn the lesson: ‘Just say no’

2013-10-17T08:02:00Z 2013-10-17T12:13:19Z 2 Tucson men fail to learn the lesson: ‘Just say no’Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 17, 2013 8:02 am  • 

In more ways than one the anti-drug slogan “Just say no” failed to make an impression on a couple of recently arrested Pima County men.

Both volunteered to be searched by deputies when they could have just said, “No.”

Pima County sheriff’s deputies originally responded to an Oct. 5 call of an “unwanted person” in a commercial rental property near the intersection of North Flowing Wells and West Roger roads. A woman said she owned the property and had evicted the tenant, a bounty hunting bicycle repairman, who wouldn’t leave. After looking over the rental agreement, the deputies told the woman it was a civil matter and out of their hands, the sheriff’s report stated.

While at the office, however, a man drove up and told deputies he came by to pick up a bike he’d dropped off days before for repairs. Because, according to the deputy’s report, “I could tell he was nervous,” a warrant check was run on the man. Nothing turned up, but the deputy asked the man if he could search him and his car, anyway.

“He consented to the search and stated that all he had was a cell phone in one pocket and keys in the other,” the report stated.

Not so, it turns out.

“While searching his waistband area, I found what I knew from training and experience to be a glass drug pipe used for methamphetamine,” the deputy stated in the report. He also found a roach clip with marijuana residue on it and several prescription pills for which the suspect did not have a prescription.

The suspect was cited for one count of possession of a prescription-only drug and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and released on-site.

While still at the scene, another man was spotted on the property. Again, the deputy’s ran a warrants check, which came back negative. And again the man being interviewed consented to a voluntary search of his person and truck.

In the pocket of the man’s cargo shorts the deputy found a meth pipe. Because he was on “unsupervised release from prison” for “transporting marijuana over the border,” he got a free ride to jail instead of a cite-and-release.

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