April 9, 2014

GSU Police Arrest Students on Drug Charges

Grambling State University President Pogue, police say no one is exempt from investigations, arrests and/or charges as the university continues to provide a safe, secure campus focused on academics

GRAMBLING, La. — An ongoing investigation by the Grambling State University Police Department has resulted in the arrests of two GSU students.  Warrants for two non-student suspects have been issued. The investigation resulted in the seizure of several pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $12,000.  In addition to the seizure of the narcotics, the GSU police department seized a semi-automatic handgun and drug paraphernalia.

“This has been a strictly internal campus investigation by our university police department, and while we don’t like what the investigation has yielded we want our students, faculty and staff to realize that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue. “We are responsible for what we, and our associates, do – or, at a minimum, we’re responsible for reporting suspicious activity.” The president said campus police have requested the assistance of local law enforcement agencies as the investigation continues.

According to police Lt. Ruby Jones, Donavon Taylor, 20, a freshman from Lancaster, Texas, and Trevonne Mingo, 18, a freshman from Bogalusa, La., have been arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute and criminal conspiracy.  Taylor was also charged with possession of a firearm in a firearm-free zone and possession of drug paraphernalia. They have been booked into Lincoln Parish Detention Center where they are awaiting bond.

Earlier today (Tuesday, April 8), a police department investigator visited Douglas Hall Room 145 as a part of the ongoing investigation started on March 24. After knocking, the investigator found dorm room resident Taylor and visitor Mingo.  There was a smell of burnt marijuana, prompting the investigator to seek room search consent. Taylor provided consent and a search yielded a substantial amount of marijuana, packaged and ready for sale.  In addition to the marijuana, officers confiscated a .45 caliber semi-auto handgun, and a large amount of cash.

On Monday (April 7), the GSU police department obtained a warrant for the arrest of Demario James Jackson, 22, of Arcadia, La., for home invasion, criminal conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being pursued by law enforcement officials, and his total bond is $70,000. In addition, Daryl Shaw, age unknown, of Gibsland, La., has a warrant for his arrest.

Jones said this week’s arrests and warrants are the result of an ongoing investigation. According to the GSU police department, a series of events unfolded from mid March through today. There was a March 17 incident involving several GSU students and non-students, resulting in an aggravated battery committed on Mingo. An investigation determined that the incident resulted from an argument. Then, on March 24, there was a home invasion at 145 Douglas Hall on the campus, involving five or six young men. A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with home invasion, criminal conspiracy, and misrepresentation at booking.

“We anticipate additional arrests as the investigation continues,” said Jones. “No one is exempt from an investigation on campus if they are in violation of the law. We welcome all information and tips, anonymous or otherwise. Students and others can talk with any campus official, not just the police.”

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