Police: West Ashley student had weapons, pot in car
WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) - A West Ashley High School student was taken out of class and arrested Thursday morning, according to a police report.
Colby Alan Rawson, 18, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute in close proximity to a school or park, one count of manufacturing marijuana, two counts of unlawful carry of a weapon on school property and one count of possession of a firearm on school property.
According to the police report, patrol officers spotted a sheathed knife in the front passenger of a Ford F-150 parked at the school in a spot assigned to Rawson. Officers went to the front office of the school and had Rawson taken out of class.
A search of Rawson's truck revealed a Crown Royal bag under the driver's seat holding 20 grams of marijuana. Officers estimated it was worth $250.
The officers also found a hatchet, four knives, two machetes, and a 12-gauge shotgun. One of the machetes and the shotgun were inside the unlocked chrome box in the back of the truck, the report states.
Rawson was taken to the Al Cannon Detention Center for holding.
The CCSD released the following statement on Friday:
"The student has been recommended to the Office of Student Placement for expulsion and in the interim, the student cannot return to any Charleston County school. There is no indication at this time that the student was planning to commit any violent acts on campus. We applaud the pro-active surveillance by the school resource officers. Resource officers, principals and teachers across the district are continuously working to keep our schools and students safe."
Rawson's bond was set at $37,500 Friday afternoon.
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