A traffic stop in Mexico Beach two weeks ago has resulted in the arrest and suspension of two Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School students.
The traffic stop, after midnight following the Aug. 24 home football game, resulted in the arrest of one student for possession of marijuana, possession of contraband and possession of two stolen firearms.
After the stop, the driver, a PSJHS students, consented to a search of the vehicle.
The items were found in a book bag in the trunk of the car.
The student’s name was on the bag and it contained pay stubs with the individual’s name.
The bag was partially concealed behind the spare tire, according to Mexico Beach police.
Two other PSJHS students in the car were not implicated, were not charged and did not face discipline from the district.
The student who was arrested, by law, is no longer eligible to attend school, pending formal expulsion by the Gulf County School Board.
The resulting investigation led to another PSJHS student, age 15, as the supplier of the marijuana and guns.
Mexico Beach police searched that student’s Mexico Beach home the following Monday and uncovered drugs with the potential for felony charges.
That student was suspended pending the completion of the law enforcement investigation and filing of formal charges and is not permitted on school grounds.
He was already facing discipline issues at school and is known to school officials and SROs.
There was never any active threat to schools, district officials indicated.