Adel man arrested for allegedly smoking pot in home

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Mahmoud Mohamad "Mike" Itani, 62, of Adel was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Adel man was arrested Wednesday morning when a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff happened to knock on his door and found him allegedly smoking marijuana in his home.

Mahmoud Mohamad “Mike” Itani, 62, of 32869 Hideaway Lane, Adel, was charged with first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident began about 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 32000 bock of Hideaway Lane in Adel, where a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff was seeking to speak with a third party “in reference to a call for service of trespass,” according to court records.

The deputy “knocked on the front door” of Itani’s residence and “was greeted” by Itani. While speaking with Itani, the deputy allegedly “detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the residence,” according to court records.

The deputy asked Itani “about the odor of marijuana” and whether Itani “had any marijuana in the residence,” and Itani “said that he did,” according to court records.

Itani allegedly “then reached into his right pocket of his pants and pulled out a smoking device and a clear, plastic baggy, containing approximately 1 gram of a green leafy substance that was consistent with marijuana and handed it to” the deputy, according to court records.

Itani also allegedly “made admissions to having just smoked some of the marijuana.”

Itani was held in the Dallas County Jail prior to his release on his own recognizance. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 16 in Dallas County District Court.

Itani was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in 2009 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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