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Two Gibbs High students arrested after police find gun, drugs and cash in lockers

Published Jan. 26, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG — Two Gibbs High School students were arrested on Friday after police said they found drugs, money and a gun in the students' lockers.

St. Petersburg Police said one of the students is the son of Deveron Gibbons, a St. Petersburg College trustee and former mayoral candidate. Gibbons could not be reached for comment.

Police spokesman Bill Proffitt said his agency got a tip about the two teenagers, who are both juniors, on Friday.

"We went to the school, found the kids and found the stuff in their lockers," Proffitt said.

Gibbons' 17-year-old son, Zicari Deon Gibbons, was in possession of a Kel-Tec 9mm semi-automatic handgun, police said. The gun was unloaded, but a magazine with 7 rounds of ammunition was found next to it, police said.

The other boy, 16-year-old Zaki Tyre Starks, had 8.6 grams of crack cocaine and 15 tablets of hydromorphone, police said. The boy also had more than $1,400 in his coat pocket, officials said.

Starks admitted he was going to sell the drugs at school, Proffitt said. Zicari Gibbons told police he knew about the gun in his gym locker, Proffitt said, but did not say why.

Melanie Marquez Parra, a spokeswoman for Pinellas County Schools, said Gibbs' principal would send out a phone message to parents informing them of the arrests.

The district has strict policies about weapons and drugs on campus. According to its policy manual, a student who brings a gun to school is automatically suspended for 10 days and is recommended for expulsion. A student in possession of drugs also can be suspended for 10 days but may have the opportunity to reduce that by participating in a substance abuse education program.

Both boys are charged with felonies.

Zicari Gibbons was arrested on a charge of possessing a gun on school grounds. Starks was arrested on a charge of possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell.


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