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Columbus police: Woman reveals marijuana to officers as they discuss probable cause

The issue of whether Columbus police had probable cause to search an apartment for marijuana was solved early Monday when a woman opened her freezer door and pointed to the drugs, reports state.

Vincent M. Sanchez, 42, and Rebecca Lynn Shores, 29, each face charges of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug related objects. Sanchez also faces a charge of simple assault, reports state.

Police say they responded to Sanchez's Broadway home about 1:15 a.m. when Shores called officers about a disturbance. She'd been hiding in a bathroom when Sanchez kicked in the door.

After police arrived, Shores told them that Sanchez had a lot of “weed” in the freezer. The officers then started talking about whether that was enough probable cause to search the freezer. Shores then opened the freezer door and pointed to a plastic container, grinder and metal cylinder holding marijuana, reports state.

Police say the marijuana was worth about $160. Sanchez told officers the pot belonged to Shores. Police then arrested both.

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