BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - A St. Stanislaus High School senior was reportedly busted with a gun and drugs on the school's campus May 13.
According to a statement released by the school, a prefect found the gun and marijuana in the student's room last Friday after he was caught returning to his dormitory after being off campus without permission.
Lt. James Burch, with the Bay St. Louis Police Department, said an unloaded .380 semi-automatic handgun, 13 individually packaged bags of marijuana and cash were found in Irvin Paul Compass' room. Burch said there were no rounds found on campus, and no threats were made with the gun.
Burch said Compass, 18, confessed to bringing the gun and drugs on campus. The statement from the school said Compass is no longer enrolled at St. Stanislaus.
Compass, of New Orleans, LA, is charged with bringing a deadly weapon on educational property, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, barter, transfer, manufacture and distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Burch said because Compass was found with the gun and a felony amount of drugs, his charges could be enhanced, and he could be facing more than 40 years behind bars if convicted.
The investigation is ongoing, and Burch said police have seized cell phones and computers from other students, and more arrests could be coming.
According to Burch, the Bay St. Louis Police Department has been working with other schools to cut down on drug and gun violence in the area.
"We've been working leads for a while, and other schools are having problems, too," said Burch.
Compass' bond was set at $5,000 for the gun charge, $2,000 for the paraphernalia charge and $50,000 for the possession of a controlled substance charge. His initial court appearance is scheduled for June 8.
You can read the full statement from St. Stanislaus here: