GREENSBORO — Officials took a 9 mm handgun and nine rounds of ammunition in the traffic stop that led to a marijuana possession charge for UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston, Durham Police Department officials said.
Police pulled over Hairston, a Greensboro native and rising junior guard for the Tar Heels, at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday near downtown Durham. They charged Hairston and two other men with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Hairston, who was driving the rented silver 2013 GMC Yukon, also was charged with driving without a license.
The three men were released on $1,000 unsecured bonds. They are scheduled to appear in Durham County District Court on Aug. 6.
Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said authorities found the gun on the ground near the car. Durham station WTVD reported that police are testing the gun for forensic evidence.
According to the arrest report, police found about 1.5 ounces of marijuana, plastic baggies and three cigars on the scene.
The marijuana was in two separate bags. One weighed 1.45 ounces. The other weighed 0.07 ounce.
Possession of more than 1.5 ounces of marijuana is a felony in North Carolina. But the men were charged with possession of one bag. That made the charge a misdemeanor.
Michael said one bag was found inside the vehicle and one was found outside. She did not know which bag was found where.
A sergeant in the vice/narcotics division of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office said police would have a difficult time charging any of the car’s passengers for the bag found outside the vehicle without conducting fingerprint tests.
He said marijuana sells for about $10 a gram, depending on the quality, so the amount in question was probably worth more than $400.
UNC spokesman Steve Kirschner said Thursday that head coach Roy Williams and director of athletics Bubba Cunningham are aware of the situation and are waiting for more information before commenting.
Since the incident, Hairston has deleted his Twitter account @Mr_Hairston15.
Greensboro native P.J. Hairston, a former standout at Dudley and the North Carolina basketball team's leading scorer last season, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana on Wednesday night, Durham police confirmed.
WTVD in Durham first reported the news.
Hairston was stopped at a license check at 10:20 p.m. on Holloway Street near downtown Durham.
Hairston, who was driving the vehicle, was also charged with driving without a license.
Two passengers in the car, Miykael Faulcon and Carlos Sanford, were also charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.
Faulcon, a Durham native, just finished his freshman season playing for Elizabeth City State University.
In North Carolina, according to NORML.org, misdemeanor possession equates to 1.5 ounces of marijuana or less.
The three were booked and released. Durham police say no mugshots were taken.
Tar Heels team spokesman Steve Kirschner said head coach Roy Williams and athletic director Bubba Cunningham are aware of the situation.
"We're looking into it," Kirschner said. "We won't have a statement until we learn more of the details."
Hairston, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound guard, led UNC in scoring with 14.6 points per game last season.
He was especially effective down the stretch, scoring in double figures in the final 18 games he played.
The rising junior, along with returning starters James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige, is expected to play a crucial role in a Tar Heels team that could challenge for the ACC title next season.