Southern University comments on student drug arrests

Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office
Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On a day when Southern University had hoped the excitement on campus would center on Saturday's game with Jackson State University, things didn't go that way.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office took six Southern students into custody for allegedly selling drugs on campus. Deputies reported the following arrests:

Brandon Wells, 19

Keith Jupiter, 22

Edward Rideaux, 20

Joshua Watkins, 21

Trenton Nzekwesi, 22

Devin Stampley, 20

"These kinds of things happen everywhere," said Casey Hicks, spokeswoman for EBRSO.

Hicks said the university contacted the sheriff's office after hearing drugs were being sold on campus. Deputies said after a month-long undercover operation, they confiscated a substantial amount of pre-packaged marijuana, doses of Xanax and a loaded gun.

"I think that this should send a message to anyone else on the campus or any other campus that this sort of activity is not going to be tolerated," Hicks added.

Chancellor James Llorens wasn't able to comment in person, because he was out of town on university business, but he did send a statement.

"Illegal activity, no matter the scale and scope will not be tolerated here," Llorens said in the release. "We will do everything in our power to have lawbreakers arrested and removed from our campus. That is why we reached out to various law enforcement agencies to assist us."

A seventh suspect named Michael Richard, known as "Puppy," 28, is wanted. He is not a student at the university.

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