Originally created 02/19/03

Student faces drug charges

A student at Glenn Hills High School was arrested Tuesday on charges of having crack cocaine and marijuana on campus, police said.

Gregory Rostrellis Blount, 18, of the 3000 block of Dent Street, was charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to records at the Richmond County jail.

Mr. Blount, a senior, was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. after a public safety officer spotted him in the hallway and discovered the drugs, sheriff's Lt. Robert Partain said.

The officer confiscated a bag with a gram of crack cocaine, a small bag of marijuana and a marijuana cigarette, police said. The crack cocaine had a street value of about $100, officials said.

Justin Martin, the spokesman for the Richmond County Board of Education, said cases involving crack cocaine are rare at area schools.

"We have had past incidents with marijuana at some of our high schools," he said. "I don't recall this type of substance being brought to a campus in quite some time."

In addition to the criminal charges, the student faces suspension and a tribunal hearing. Mr. Martin said that a student caught with drugs is subject to an automatic 10-day suspension and that a tribunal could lead to expulsion.

Mr. Blount was being held at the jail Tuesday on more than $8,000 bond, officials said.

Reach Albert Ross Jr. at (706) 823-3339 or albert.ross@augustachronicle.com.


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