Police Respond to Apparent Drug-Related Incident at Paul Hall

Gettysburg Borough Police was on the scene between approximately 11:30 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. (Photo Gauri Mangala / The Gettysburgian)

Gettysburg Borough Police was on the scene between approximately 11:30 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. (Photo Gauri Mangala / The Gettysburgian)

By Benjamin Pontz, Managing News Editor

Around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, two units from the Gettysburg Borough Police were on the scene at Paul Hall on the West Quad of the first-year residential complex at Gettysburg College. In addition to the police, officers from the Gettysburg Department of Public Safety (DPS) were present.

Police officers were observed removing three large brown bags from a first-floor room in the residence hall that smelled like marijuana according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

The police units left the scene around 12:15 a.m. Friday morning, and no arrests were made.

Jamie Yates, Director of Media Relations at Gettysburg College, confirmed Friday morning that, after “a report of marijuana odor in the hallway” reported Thursday night, DPS responded and began to investigate the source of the odor. Subsequently, Gettysburg Borough Police were notified and arrived at the scene. Their investigation is ongoing at this time. Yates confirmed that this was an “isolated incident and there are no safety concerns” for Paul Hall residents or members of the campus community.

Assistant News Editor Gauri Mangala and Editor-in-Chief Jamie Welch contributed to this report.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 1:50 p.m. Friday with a comment from Jamie Yates. (-B. Pontz)

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 serves as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian. Previously, he served as a staff writer, event coverage coordinator, news editor, and managing news editor. During his tenure, he has written more than 120 articles, and he led the team that won first place in the 2017 Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage of Robert Spencer's visit to Gettysburg College. Ben is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, and he reads up to seven newspapers daily. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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