CSU Police Arrest Non-Students on Drug, Weapon Charges

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University police arrested two non-students on felony drug and weapon charges early Sunday, confiscating about two ounces of suspected marijuana.

Kieran Shavae Russell and Shawn Corrnell Bellamy appeared in Recorder’s Court Monday and pleaded guilty to two charges each. Bellamy, who officers determined had a 2010 burglary conviction, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Russell pleaded guilty to Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and to Possession of Drug-Related Objects.

The charges were a result of their arrest in a 1000 Front Ave. parking garage used by CSU students living at nearby RiverPark Campus residence halls. University Police confiscated a .22-caliber handgun and digital scales in addition to 54 grams of suspected marijuana from the SUV Bellamy had apparently been driving.

CSU police have been increasing patrols in the area due to recent auto break-ins and reports of drug activity. A CSU police officer who was on foot patrol, Cpl. Roland Splawn, detected the strong odor of burned marijuana at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday after noticing the men quickly exiting the SUV bearing an Alabama tag parked on the north side of the parking garage’s top level.

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