Student at Triton High School in Harnett County facing weapon and drug charges

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Friday, October 14, 2022
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Harnett County Sheriff's Office says a gun was found at Triton High School, while a school resource officer was investigating a drug complaint in the student parking lot.

ERWIN, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Harnett County Sheriff's Office said a gun was found at Triton High School on Thursday while a school resource officer was investigating a drug complaint in the student parking lot.

The school resource officer spotted marijuana and a high capacity drum magazine for a rifle inside the vehicle through the window.

A barrel of a rifle was also seen sticking out from under a towel covering the weapon, according to the sheriff's office.

A loaded rifle and two loaded gun drum magazines along with marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia were seized from the vehicle.

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The driver, 18-year old Octavius Gerrard Purcell, of Coats, was arrested and removed from a classroom.

Purcell is charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, and possession of marijuana/drug paraphernalia.

He is being held in the Harnett County Detention Center on a $250,000 secured bond.