MVC student charged with possession of substance

Monday, October 12, 2015

On Oct. 2, the prosecuting attorney of Saline County charged Johnathon L. Hawkins, 21, a student at Missouri Valley College, with a class C felony for possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana.

According to Circuit Court documents Marshall police officers were contacted by Missouri Valley College Public Safety and responded to Moreland Hall, an MVC dormitory.

The marijuana was located by a residential advisor when he smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from a room. The RA contacted MVC Public Safety to report the smell and gained permission for him and another RA to enter the room.

Reports show after a brief search of the room one large and five small Ziploc bags containing marijuana were found in a laundry basket later found to belong to Hawkins. The total weight of marijuana found was 38.4 grams.

If convicted, Hawkins faces up to seven years with the Department of Corrections, or up to one year in county jail and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.