On Thursday, Nov. 24, at 7:56 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on routine patrol in the 1800 block of Alley 20 when they observed a man standing behind a vehicle.
The vehicle was parked in a way that partially obstructed the alleyway, so they went to speak with him in order to discuss this municipal code violation. The officers asked the man if they could search him, and he said that they could, so they did.
The officers looked inside the man’s shoe and discovered that he had concealed a hypodermic needle. They then extended their search to the vehicle and found a hidden glass pipe – the type commonly used for smoking methamphetamine.
The officers arrested the man and took him to jail where he was charged with possession of a hypodermic needle and drug paraphernalia. The bail for the 47-year-old Santa Monica resident was set at $250.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.