Crime

Police: St. Stanislaus student brought gun, drugs to school

Irvin Paul Compass
Irvin Paul Compass

A St. Stanislaus College student was arrested after police said he brought a pistol and bags of marijuana onto the campus Friday.

Bay St. Louis police arrested Irvin Paul Compass, 18, of New Orleans, on charges of possessing a deadly weapon on educational property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

He is being held in Hancock County jail on $57,500 bond.

School officials stopped Compass, a boarding student from New Orleans, when he attempted to return to the school after leaving earlier in the day. A search of his book bag led to the discovery of a .380-caliber pistol and 13 bags of marijuana.

Bay St. Louis narcotics investigator John Burch said the .380 wasn't loaded and officers did not find bullets in their search of the school.

But because the gun was found on school grounds, Compass' sentence, if he is convicted, could be harsher than usual for the crime.

"You couple the gun charge with where it was found and the drugs, you could be looking at double the normal sentence," Burch said. "It all depends on the district attorney."

Compass confessed to selling drugs at the school, Burch said.

He said school officials suspected drug dealing was taking place on campus. The investigation is ongoing and other arrests could be made, he said.

A June 8 court date has been set for Compass.

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