STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Two Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students are behind bars after authorities said they were found with drugs and stolen firearms on the school's campus.
Wiggins police Capt. Jimmy Green said officers stopped a Pontiac Grand Prix shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday, April 4 for traffic violations. Green said officers immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car and received consent for a search. Green said officers found two stolen firearms and 13 grams of marijuana as well as paraphernalia commonly used to package and sell the drug.
Officials with the Stone Wiggins Narcotics Task Force were then called to the scene to resume the investigation.
Authorities discovered the passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Chester Alexander, was a student at MGCCC in Perkinston. Further investigation led authorities to believe that Alexander and his dorm mate, 19-year-old Cameron Braun, were selling marijuana on campus.
"I think it's absurd that this would go on on a campus of all places. It's not a place for guns and it's not a place drugs," said Green.
Green said investigators made contact with Braun at his dorm room on the Perkinston campus and received consent to search the room. Green said police found a large sum of cash hidden in the dorm room and also learned the suspects kept more marijuana and another gun in a car parked outside.
Green said Braun walked investigators to the car where he gave them another pistol, ammunition, one ounce of marijuana and a digital scale.
Further investigation found that Alexander and Braun moved to South Mississippi from Chicago, IL to go to school, and that is when they started selling marijuana. Authorities said the men claimed they bought the three firearms just in case they ever needed them.
"A school is a place to learn, a neutral environment. That's why the laws are in place to keep it neutral. These two people were trying to take advantage of that and selling illegal narcotics. They're going to be held accountable for their actions," said Green.
Alexander and Braun were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of two stolen firearms and possession of a firearm on school property. Both men are being held at the Stone County Jail on $100,000 bonds.