MTSU Freshman Jailed After Drug Arrest

Posted at 6:16 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 19:42:21-05

A Middle Tennessee State University Freshman was arrested after police found marijuana, pills, and a gun inside his car.

University Police said 18 year-old Jonathan Young was driving the wrong way and almost hit a police officer, who was responding to a call at the library.

It happened on the Nicks Hall lot. As the vehicle was attempting to turn around, the officer could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming form Young's car.

"Police officers are trained to pretty  much presume that the possibility of every traffic stop that there's a weapon involved," said Lieutenant Broede Stucky, with University Police. 

Their training paid off. Inside Young's car, officers found a loaded hand-gun. They also found 42 grams of marijuana, 6 and a half Xanax pills and drug paraphernalia.

The college freshman was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of marijuana, casual exchange of drugs and possession of a weapon in commission of a crime

"we're very thankful that they don't happen very often, statistically these types of things are very low on campus and we try to keep it that way," said Lt. Stucky.

There were two females in the car at the time of Young's arrest. They were both released at the scene. Young is due in court in April.