Police Beat

Snot always what it seems

A man walking around late at night on Wednesday, July 18 around 2 a.m. along North Oracle Road refused to admit he was doing anything illegal until what he claimed was a “snot rag” turned out to conceal a meth pipe, according to an Oro Valley Police Department report.

An officer noticed the man suspiciously standing in the middle of a dark, empty intersection and followed him in his patrol vehicle for quite a distance. When the man finally stopped outside an apartment complex, the officer detained him for questioning.

The subject said he was staying at a friend’s apartment and he simply liked going for long walks at night “to cool down…and…clear his head,” refusing to acknowledge there was anything wrong with that. He consented to a search of his backpack, saying there was nothing illegal inside.

When the officer found a large, rolled-up cloth in the bag (almost immediately after opening it), the man said it was “just a snot rag.”

But when the officer made the man unroll the cloth, inside was found a glass pipe with what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine residue. The officer soon found two other such pipes in the man’s possesion.

The man immediately denied he knew the pipes were there—and then apparently decided to give up all pretenses, admitting he’d smoked meth regularly since 2004, had been smoking nonstop for four days and hadn’t slept for two days. He was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia.


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