An East Tennessee State University student was arrested Sunday after campus police responded to a call about possible drug use and found a loaded handgun, according to court and school records.
Jahmar D. Adams, 19, 260 Riverview Road, Johnson City, is charged with carrying weapons on school property.
ETSU Public Safety Officer Waymond Babb responded to the 6th floor of Centennial Hall and was directed to the east side stairwell, according to university records on the incident.
According to Babb’s report, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana and then a “blunt” fell from above him. A blunt is a hollowed-out cigar with the tobacco replaced with marijuana.
Babb saw three men standing on a landing above him and ordered them to come down to his location.
“As I was talking to the males, I observed (Jahmar) Adams fidgeting with his crotch area. Adams tried to walk off quickly. I stopped Adams (and) when I turned him around I immediately observed a handgun in the front right side of his pants,” Babb wrote in his report.
The officer disarmed Adams and arrested him. The handgun, a Ruger P95 9mm, was loaded with four live rounds, but no bullet was chambered.
The other two men had no weapons or contraband on them so they were issued written orders to leave campus. Babb took the marijuana blunt as evidence, but the report indicated none of the men were seen in possession of it.
ETSU Public Relations Director Joe Smith said there will be a campus judicial proceeding. Adams is not allowed on campus during that review.
Adams was held on $10,000 bond and was arraigned on the charge Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.