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An Artesia man arrested Friday on possession of marijuana charges also had two outstanding warrants for battery.

Officers made contact with Dion Ochoa, 24, of Artesia, Friday following a brief foot pursuit.
According to the report, Ochoa dropped the bicycle he was riding and began running around 9:38 p.m. Friday after spotting an officer in the area of Sixth Street and Bush Avenue. Police recognized the bike as belonging to Ochoa.

After asking the owner of a nearby residence if they could inspect the backyard of the home, officers located Ochoa hiding behind a barrier. He did not comply with orders not to move, and officers subsequently jumped the fence and took him to the ground.

The police report states Ochoa proceeded to place a baggie containing a green, leafy substance in his mouth. Officers ordered him to remove it and were able to secure the baggie of marijuana, subsequently arresting Ochoa on charges of possession of marijuana (under 1 ounce) and tampering with evidence.

He was also charged with two outstanding warrants for a battery that occurred Oct. 25, and battery against a household member and disorderly conduct charges from Nov. 11. Ochoa is scheduled for pretrial conference on all of the above charges at 1 p.m. Jan. 24, 2018, in Artesia Magistrate Court. He has pleaded not guilty.

Ochoa was previously arrested in July 2016 on charges stemming from an incident in June. He was arraigned in August 2016 in Fifth Judicial District Court in Carlsbad on charges of two counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, two counts of bribery of a witness, and criminal damage to property (under $1,000), but the case was rendered nolle prosequi.

In the summer of 2015, Ochoa appeared in district court on charges of battery and assault upon a peace officer, and concealing identity; he was issued probation for those crimes.