Man arrested on GSU campus with drugs, weapon

Grambling State University police recovered a gun on campus Sunday, one of several found in the past month.

A GSU officer stopped a 2017 Chrysler about 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon after seeing the car run a stop sign and commit other traffic violations.

The Chrysler, driven by Patrick D. McCoy, Jr., 21, of New Orleans, was stopped on Main Street. The officer smelled marijuana smoke coming from the car and saw two suspected marijuana “blunts” in the ashtray and a digital scale on the center console.

A search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing 68 grams of marijuana. Additional marijuana, two sets of digital scales, and a grinder were found in a backpack on the back seat. Marijuana was also found in the center console. A Glock pistol with an extended magazine of 28 rounds was discovered in the trunk.

McCoy claimed ownership of the marijuana but said the pistol was not his.

Based on recent arrest records, GSU Police is pursuing concerted efforts to interdict weapons and drugs and curtail trespassers on campus by stopping traffic violators and suspicious persons.

A records check indicated McCoy was driving under suspension. He was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana in a drug-free school zone, possession of a firearm on a school campus, possession of drug paraphernalia, expired vehicle registration, driving under suspension, running a stop sign, and failure to signal.

Bail was set at $40,000.

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