BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two men were arrested on the campus of Southern University Monday night after they were reportedly found to be in possession of marijuana and a loaded firearm.
On Monday, April 3, a Southern PD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer instructed the two men, later identified as Gerald Lynn Blacher II, 19, and Justin Burnell Hayes, 20, to exit the vehicle. The probable cause report states that Blacher, without being asked, said the two had been smoking marijuana earlier before returning to campus.
The officer reports he was given permission by the driver, Hayes, to search the vehicle. While conducting the search, the officer reportedly discovered a backpack containing a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun, a tobacco grinder with marijuana residue, and a pill bottle with several unknown prescription pills in it on the back seat where Blacher was sitting.
Both men were detained and taken to the SUPD annex building for further investigation. After questioning, the two were transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and booked accordingly. Both are charged with the following:
- Proof of valid prescription
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Illegal carrying of a firearm in a gun free zone