Student arrested after marijuana bust at Bearkat Village

A male Sam Houston State University student was arrested on charges of drug possession early Monday after nearly half a pound of marijuana was found in his dorm room, police said.

Asheton Thomas, 18, was arrested after university police discovered 7.97 ounces of marijuana in the room in Bearkat Village, according to a police press release.

Some of the marijuana, police said, was individually wrapped in small bags and was found with a scale.

An officer was dispatched to Bearkat Village at around 2 a.m. Monday on a suspicious odor call. Once on the scene, the officer determined the smell of marijuana and made contact with the residents who gave consent for the officer to search the room.

Thomas was charged with possession of marijuana greater than five ounces, which is a state jail felony and carries a sentence of 180 days to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

The case will also be referred to the Dean of Students and the Department of Residence Life.

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