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SUNY Brockport student arrested with drugs, loaded handgun
Brockport, N.Y. -- It was a routine traffic stop for a broken tail light that led police to pull over Dennis Ray Smith Jr., 21, Wednesday afternoon. That's when they discovered the loaded weapon.
"It was in the jacket of the individual. He had no permit for the weapon so he was charged with criminal possession of a weapon," said Robert Kehoe, director of campus security.
Police officers at the College at Brockport carry guns and have arrest powers. Even though this occurred off campus, on Holley Street, they were the ones to make the arrest and assess the potential safety risk for students.
According to court papers obtained by 13WHAM News, the weapon is a Derringer 32-caliber pistol loaded with two rounds. The records also indicate the serial number has been scratched off- an indication it may have been stolen or sold illegally.
Smith has been charged with criminal possession of a defaced weapon, a class C felony.
Brockport police discovered the gun while handcuffing Smith for possession of 38 grams of marijuana, which was discovered in a bag in the door of his car.
2,800 students live in residence halls on Brockport's campus. At 4:20 on a Wednesday afternoon, faculty, staff and community students would also have been on campus.
"There was never any danger to any of the student body or campus community. The individual was in no way threatening the use of the weapon at the college," said Kehoe. "He carried it for his own protection."
Smith was arraigned on two additional felony charges and given two traffic tickets. He posted bail.
No one answered the door at his off-campus apartment Tuesday afternoon. Brockport students are required to follow a course of conduct. Smith's status as a student is under review.