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 managing news editor of The Gettysburgian, a position he has held since the middle of his first year, during which he wrote 50 articles on topics ranging from student activism on campus to sports. Ben also served as the event coverage and social media coordinator and led the paper's inaugural efforts using Facebook Live and live tweeting events on campus. He 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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