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15-year-old arrested at Wildcats game on gun, drug charges

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A 15-year-old accused of stealing a cell phone at a high school basketball game last night now faces gun and drug charges after deputies say he brought both on school grounds.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says it happened at the NHHS basketball game, where deputies began questioning the teen about the stolen phone. That’s when he says deputies smelled the odor of marijuana on him.

Sgt. Brewer says the teen told deputies he did not have the phone he was accused of stealing, though he says they could see a phone sticking out of his pocket. He says the teen then became uncooperative with deputies, so they detained him.

Deputies found both a pistol and heroin on the teen, along with the cell phone he was accused of stealing. Sgt. Brewer says the teen only faces the drug and weapon charges, though, because the victim decided not to press charges.

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