Two Gibbs High Students Arrested on Drug, Gun Charges

One suspect was carrying drugs and a large amount of cash, police said, while school officials found a semi-automatic handgun in the other suspect's locker.

Two 11th-grade students at Gibbs High School have been arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of a firearm on school property. 

According to police, officers responded to the school and met with Gibbs High School administrators after authorities received a tip about a gun in the school.

School officials began searching the lockers in the school, while the officers began an investigation to determine the identity of the students.

Police detained the first suspect near his locker and found Hydromorphone, crack cocaine and more than $1,400 in cash in the pockets of his jacket. The suspect, police said, admitted his intent to sell the drugs at school.

A second suspect was also arrested inside the Gibbs High School gymnasium. School officials searched his locker, which was located inside of the boy's locker room, and found his backpack, student identification, and a Kel-Tec 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

Police said the handgun was not loaded, but the 10-round magazine for the firearm was located next to it, when it was found inside the locker. The magazine contained seven rounds of ammunition.

The second juvenile suspect told police he knew about the gun in his locker, but he did not say why it was there.

Both juveniles were arrested and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

The first juvenile suspect is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell (15 tablets of Hydromorphone - which is Dilaudid - and 8.6 grams of crack cocaine).

According to the police report, the second suspect is charged with possession of a firearm on school property, which is a felony. 

Kurt Donley January 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Two more kids that will spend their lives in jail.
Patriot January 26, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Oliver Katt January 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM
There's a rumor that one of these kids is the son of recent mayoral hopeful Devron Gibbons.
Alvaro Espinaco January 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Actually according to PCSB they are supposed to have a 10-day suspension, that's how "strict" our county is with firearms and drugs. i go to that school and i was at school when it happened. The problem with the drugs is that the administrators KNOW that they cant stop students from bringing them, but they don't even try. Saying "don't do drugs kids" that's not going to help, there has to be action taken. Everything that happened yesterday at Gibbs high school, happens in almost every other school. But no one cares. There are probably more students with guns at school, and there are definitely a lot of more students with drugs. But when incidents like this happens, people say " That's awful, those kids should be put in jail. I don't want my children around all that. " but a week after it happens they don't care anymore, they go on with their daily lives.
St Pete Resident January 26, 2013 at 12:41 PM
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/two-gibbs-high-students-arrested-after-police-find-gun-drugs-and-cash-in/1272231 St. Petersburg Police said one of the students is the son of Deveron Gibbons, a St. Petersburg College trustee and former mayoral candidate.
Todd January 26, 2013 at 06:15 PM
They need to be charged as adults and the book tossed at them.
Donna January 26, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Mr. Espinaco is correct in stating that this sort of activity occurs in every PCounty HS. More than a few of the students enrolled have parole officers! They attend with the regular population of students. I'd guess that young Master Gibbons will say the gun was not his, that he was "holding it" for a friend. His family will be of help to him and lawyer up. The second lad, Master Starks, will learn that it is always unwise to carry so much cash, never speak without your attorney present, and quick thinking saves the day (passing the gun to his locker mate). They will be removed from school and sent off to Bayside High after this is all hashed out. First comes suspension, then the PCSB may opt for expulsion. What makes young lads from loving families act in such a manner? The public schools need more volunteers, more mentors for children with absent fathers, more mentors teaching the students to read. It is not uncommon to have several classes of high schoolers reading at a third grade level.This is not hyperbole. This is a clarion call for community involvement to help save our youth. These are adolescents whose frontal lobes are not fully formed, their decision making processes are weak, and without proper familial and community supports, they can act stupidly with life altering negative consequences. The schools are full of such kids! If you only knew...
Sueje January 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM
St.Pete Resident I liked what Donna had to say. I volunteered for two years at NEHI and I can testify that we have a problem and the only way to fix this is volunteer. Help the students to read etc.
Patriot January 28, 2013 at 05:44 AM
I have a better idea! Remove the government from education, give the power back to the teachers, and the school admin. Watch what happens to that school if the adults can be ADULTS!!!!!!!!!!


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