SIU student charged with felony drug possession

By Bill Lukitsch, @Bill_LukitschDE

An SIUC student has been charged with felony possession of narcotics with intent to deliver, according to Carbondale Police. 

Roosevelt Gaston, 20, of the 700 block of South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale, was stopped by a CPD officer at about 11:37 p.m. Wednesday for a vehicle equipment violation, police said. Officers found Gaston to be in possession of suspected marijuana upon further investigation.

Gaston was subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and incarcerated at Jackson County Jail, police said. 


Court records show Gaston faces Class 2 and Class 3 felony charges for possession of at least 500 grams – or 17.6 ounces – of marijuana, which carry maximum sentences of seven and five years imprisonment, respectively. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Feb. 18 at Jackson County Courthouse.

Gaston is currently enrolled at the university as a sophomore studying early childhood education, said university spokesperson Rae Goldsmith.

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