3 men arrested in LSU parking lot with pot, guns
BATON ROUGE - LSU Campus Police reported the arrest of three men accused of smoking marijuana in a vehicle in a university parking lot.
21-year-old Chad Williams, 24-year-old Randy Martin and 23-year-old Demetrius Blanton were all booked on charges of simple possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm with a CDS after they were arrested early Sunday morning.
LSU police department said an officer was patrolling the Hart Hall parking lot area around 3 a.m. Sunday when he observed an SUV parked in the eastern side of the parking lot with the headlights on. While there were a few cars parked in the lot, the officer said no other vehicles were parked near the SUV. As the officer exited his patrol car and approached the SUV to further investigate, he said a very strong odor of burnt marijuana was coming from the vehicle.
The officer heard the occupants of the vehicle moving around, and when he shined a flashlight into the SUV he noted the driver of the vehicle reach toward the floorboard on the driver’s side.
The officer detained the three men at gunpoint and requested backup. As the officer was removing the subjects from the vehicle, a glass jar that contained marijuana fell to the ground and shattered on the pavement.
While searching the vehicle, an LSU PD officer located a loaded Desert Eagle pistol and removed it from the SUV. An unloaded AK-47 rifle was also found in the rear compartment area of the vehicle.
Williams, Martin and Blanton were booked into the parish prison on the above charges.