Drug arrest at Lark Hall

Guillaume Jackson, Contributing Writer

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Santa Rosa Junior College District Police officers arrested a white man for four outstanding warrants for crimes committed off campus at approximately 10:10 a.m. March 15 in front of Lark Hall Planetarium.

SRJC police officers Vincent Neuman and Sgt. Steven Potter recognized suspect Gary Lee Smith, 70, of Santa Rosa, and placed him in custody without incident. Smith’s prior crimes include trespassing, assault and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Smith was cooperative and indicated to officers he had crystal meth on him at the time of his arrest. Police confirmed he was in possession of .45 grams of methamphetamine, which is considered a personal amount and not possession with intent to sell. The officers added possession of a controlled substance to Smith’s charges.

Campus police officers emptied the suspect’s pockets and took him to Sonoma County Jail. SRJC District Police Lt. Robert T. Brownlee said, “The majority of the time, people are pretty cooperative with us and we don’t have to use force [to effect the arrest].”

Smith is currently enrolled at SRJC, but will face a disciplinary hearing in front of the student discipline office, which will determine if he will be allowed to continue his studies at the college.

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