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Police: West Ashley student had weapons, pot in car

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) - A West Ashley High School student was taken out of class and arrested Thursday morning, according to a police report.{}

Colby Alan Rawson, 18, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute in close proximity to a school or park, one count of manufacturing marijuana, two counts of unlawful carry of a weapon on school property and one count of possession of a firearm on school property.{}

According to the police report, patrol officers spotted a sheathed knife in the front passenger of a Ford F-150 parked at the school in a spot assigned to Rawson. Officers went to the front office of the school and had Rawson taken out of class.

A search of Rawson's truck revealed a Crown Royal bag under the driver's seat holding 20 grams of marijuana. Officers estimated it was worth $250.{}

The officers also found a hatchet, four knives, two machetes, and a 12-gauge shotgun. One of the machetes and the shotgun were inside the unlocked chrome box in the back of the truck, the report states.{}

Rawson was taken to the Al Cannon Detention Center for holding.{}

The CCSD released the following statement on Friday:

"The student has been recommended to the Office of Student Placement for expulsion and in the interim, the student cannot return to any Charleston County school.{} There is no indication at this time that the student was planning to commit any violent acts on campus.{} We applaudthe pro-active surveillance by the school resource officers.{} Resource officers, principals and teachers across the district are continuously working to keep our schools and students safe."

Rawson's bond was set at $37,500 Friday afternoon.

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