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Police Find Man Taking Desperate Measure to Hide Meth

Warrant arrest turns into fresh drug counts for San Francisco man arrested at Bay Vista section of Hamilton.

A man trying to hide methamphetamines in his anal cavity was arrested Wednesday in a Hamilton apartment on suspicion of various drug charges, said.

Novato officers were assisting San Francisco probation personnel on a felony warrant arrest of Dajuan Zachery Phillips, 21, when they arrived at the apartment on Muroc Lake Drive in the Bay Vista neighborhood, Lt. Keith Heiden said. Phillips was found in a bedroom attempting to deposit a clear baggie into his anus, according to a preliminary police report.

Tests revealed Phillips was in possession of 3.4 grams of methamphetamine, considered multiple doses, Heiden said.

There were six warrants for Phillips’ arrest, with battery on transportation personnel being the most serious and justifying a bail of $250,000, according to the Marin County Jail booking log. Phillips now faces an additional felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Sandra December 08, 2011 at 02:00 PM
"Bay Vista neighborhood.." What a surprise! Probably receives assistance for housing too. Word is out- Novato is a haven for this crap and our elected officials are proud we provide housing and services for these people.
Katie December 08, 2011 at 02:16 PM
I'm sure the people he was "visiting" are upstanding, contributing members of our community...Our trusty housing advocates would be quick to point out he is from San Francisco and it is just a coincidence he was arrested at Bay Vista. Very similar to the Meth bust at Wyndover. So sad we have allowed all this to happen here, Novato may never be the same.
JAN December 08, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Is this news we really need to know? Merry Christmas.
Born & raised December 08, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Jan's right. We should just close our eyes and pretend Marin City, oops I mean Bay Vista doesn't exist.
grantie December 08, 2011 at 04:26 PM
slurs dressed as comments..some of these comments are very offensive
Steven Norwin December 08, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Offensive or not, they have merit and if our officials are too blind and dumb to relaize this, it's only going to get worse. Drug dealing and guns go hand in hand. This will not go away unless we stand up to AH.
Sam Roth December 08, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Grantie's right. We wouldn't want to offend our meth dealing gang bangers, would we?
MICHAEL GALLAGHER December 08, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Thats nice. I think that must be hard to be the cop that has to tag and bag that stash.
Tom James December 08, 2011 at 09:25 PM
Yet the advocates for low income housing claim there is no relationship between affordable housing and crime. Maybe they would like to accompany me on my next trip to paint over the latest batch of graffiti. What would you expect when you have import people from Richmond, Oakland, San Francisco and Vallejo to fill up “desperately needed” affordable housing? Why here and not Ross or Sausalito?
Craig Belfor December 08, 2011 at 11:20 PM
If we had voted Jerome in, he'd be doing something about this right now. He'd be taking away the tax breaks, voiding the contracts, kicking out he bums, and stopping more wino warehousing from being built until we cure the problems that these drug dens have now. We have some new people on the council. Let's see what they do.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 December 09, 2011 at 01:02 AM
For 18+ months I have been advocating for safe housing at both Wyndover and Bay Vista. City Manager Michael Frank and the current city council have chosen not to provide for the health and safety of those two projects. What is discouraging is only 30 percent of the voters came out to vote in our local election. If the good people of Novato want change, want safe housing, then they need to speak out at council meetings, write letters to the editors, put pressure on our "leaders" to make a change and to provide safe housing. If not, there will be more and more of the same. Don't the children at Wyndover and Bay Vista deserve to live in a crime and drug free environment? Why does Michael Frank and the City Council continue to allow this to happen? Where is the high density low income housing industry? Why aren't they advocating and demanding SAFE low income housing? High density, low income, multi-family projects are failed models and are failing in Novato, yet the state of California wants more and more and more. Why? The non-profits and developers get tax exemptions, tax bonds (to buy the project) and the state of California will not hold them accountable for safe housing and zero tolerance for crime. It is a cash cow for the investors--and that is that sad reality. The good people of Novato (whose average income is approx $61,000 a year) are paying for these projects and the investors/non-profits are making millions off the backs of the poor and the tax payer.
VA Man December 09, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Grantie....offensive to who? Druggies? Dealers? Criminals? You think they care???? Seriously?
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 December 10, 2011 at 06:17 AM
I think it is important that Susan Adams, Jared Huffman, Norman Soloman etc who are running for congress take a stance on SAFE affordable housing. What are their solutions to obtaining safe housing at Bay Vista and Wyndover? Jared's current solution is to have the NPD take care of it. Is that a solution? Is that fair? I feel we need to make the investors/owners and state of California (who gave them the 55 year tax free exemptions) to be held accountable.
Kenny B December 31, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Before there was a Bay Vista and Wyndover, and gangs, and the Patch, and Toni Shroyer, and Jerome, there was Meth in Novato. Not every ill in our town is caused by poor people and people of color. May you all find some love in your hearts.
Craig Belfor December 31, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Kenny's right, but in the old days before affordable housing one could just move to a non ghetto area by paying more for a home, and knowing that the bums could not afford to live nearby. Now, however, we have affordable housing, which means that you can slave your life away to live in a good town only to find that your tax dollars are going to give a free home to a bum who never worked at all. He gets to live nearby and you have to pay for his life.
Devin June 26, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I live in Bay Vista, and I am not a drug dealer, or a gang member. I work full time, but unfortunately, do not make enough to pay for apartments here. I am actually forced to live here. My dad got transferred here because of military. I chose to stay in Novato after I turned 18, because he chose to retire here. I want to be near my dad. I actually hate Novato. The people in Bay Vista are actually just apart of it. What about the rich stuck up snobs that live outside of Bay Vista? They can be just as bad. Some of the things I see here, I am appalled at. The rich white Marin wives who complain about everything, none of them can drive either. They think they rule the world because they live in "Novato". An nice city with ugly people. You can tell who they are with the comments above.
Devin June 26, 2012 at 07:00 PM
For example: I was in Petco in Vintage Oaks a few days ago. A Beverly Hills wannabe walked in with her little dog (in a purse of course). Instead of talking in a normal voice, (Let's use our inside voice children!) , she immediately started screaming about how Petco messed up her dog when she took it to be groomed there. I watched these people that worked there do everything they could for her. Offered her free grooming, coupons, everything. I am not sure exactly what she wanted, but ended up not getting it. So, she proceeded to scream that she was bringing her "lawyer" into Petco, and walked out. Oh, and what did she say right before walking out? She turned around and told the sweet gal trying to help her more than anyone a "Fat Bitch". Just as bad as these "criminals" in Bay Vista.

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