Guns recovered with arrests on GSU campus 

Grambling State University police officers made several arrests Tuesday to disrupt the recent proliferation of guns and violence on the Lincoln Parish campus. 

About 9 a.m. Tuesday, campus officers went to Pinchback Hall, an on-campus residence hall, to investigate a report of firearms in a student’s room. Sgt. Raul Johnson of GSU Police reported encountering two non-students in the room. Xavien K. Smith, 18, and Deontae D. Franklin, 20, both of Monroe, were discovered not to be students but both had been staying in the dorm room illegally for at least two days. 

After the student living in the room gave consent to search, Sgt. Johnson found three semi-automatic handguns and a small amount of suspected marijuana. According to an affidavit filed by Johnson, Smith admitted owning two of the guns and the marijuana and Franklin admitted the third pistol was his. 

Smith and Franklin were arrested for possession of a firearm on a school campus and criminal trespass. Smith was also charged with possession of marijuana. 

A traffic stop on campus Tuesday evening led to the arrest of two other men with a gun and marijuana. 

Isiah Ward, 19, and Sherman Sylvester, 18, both of Duluth, Georgia, were stopped about 10:15 p.m. after the university imposed a 9:30 p.m. curfew. The pair stated they were not students but were visiting and staying with friends. They had gone for pizza and were trying to get back to campus but got lost. Officers smelled burning marijuana emanating from the car. A search revealed a Glock pistol and suspected marijuana. 

Both were booked for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled substance. 

Bail had not been set for any of the individuals as of Wednesday evening. 


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