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Police Beat: Jan. 28, 2013

Don’t pass the salt

The University of Maine Police Department received a report of a drug offense on the second floor of Androscoggin Hall at 9:11 p.m. Jan. 18. A UMPD officer responded and detected an odor of marijuana coming from a specific room. The officer knocked on the door, and it was opened by student Darin Lieu, 19. Lieu admitted to having marijuana, consented to a search and removed marijuana and a pipe from his pocket. Lieu was summonsed for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cole Cassidy, 19, a non-student from Durham, was also searched and inside a black wallet, marijuana and small bags of a white powder were found, which field tests later confirmed to be bath salts. Cassidy did not appear to be under the influence of the drugs, but admitted he intended to traffic them. He was arrested for unlawful trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs.

Snow tanked

UMPD received a report of a car crash in the Belgrade lot at 1:29 a.m. Jan. 20. Student Michael Mezzurve, 20, crashed his vehicle into a snowbank. The officer smelled alcohol on his breath, and Mezzurve had a pipe in his vehicle. Mezzurve failed a field sobriety and was found to have a blood alcohol level of .16, twice the legal drinking limit in Maine.

In the trunk of his vehicle, the officer found a University of Maine sign that read, “NO TRESPASSING.” Mizzurve said he stole the sign from a parking lot last St. Patrick’s Day. He was summonsed for operating under the influence and for theft.

Green thumb dummies

A UMPD officer reported a drug offense at Ornamental Gardens at 12:38 a.m. Jan 20. Two officers on foot patrol witnessed two male students, 20 and 23, jump over the gate and enter the gardens. The officers found the students laying face down in the snow near the middle of the gardens. An officer searched a backpack the students had with them and found marijuana, a pot grinder and a glass pipe. The students were summonsed for possession of marijuana.

Something’s fishy

UMPD received a report of theft at the Aquaculture Research Center at 1:54 p.m. Jan. 22. A hawkfish and a triggerfish, valued at $100 total, were taken from a tank. There were no signs of forced entry. There are currently no suspects.

Esta-took

UMPD received a report of theft in the Estabrooke lot at 11:48 p.m. Jan. 18. The front license plate was taken off a vehicle sometime between 5 p.m. Jan. 17 and 11 a.m. Jan. 18. The cost of replacement is $25. There are currently no suspects.