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Gun, marijuana found at scene of Hairston's arrest

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article listed the incorrect measuring unit for the amount of marijuana. The amount was 43.2 grams. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

A police report detailing sophomore basketball player P.J. Hairston’s arrest Wednesday night states that a 9mm handgun, nine rounds of ammunition and 43.2 grams of marijuana were found at the scene.

Hairston, who announced in April that he would return to UNC for his junior season, was stopped at a random license check near the intersection of Holloway Street and Guthrie Ave. in Durham, according to a Thursday statement from the Durham Police Department.

Hairston and two passengers were charged with possession of marijuana, and Hairston was also charged with driving without a license, according to the statement.

Police released an incident report Friday morning. The handgun, the ammunition, three cigars and two plastic bags — one filled with 41.1 grams and the other with 2.1 grams of marijuana — were also taken as evidence at the scene, according to the report.

Kammie Michaels, a public information officer with the Durham Police Department, said the gun was found outside of the car.

Durham County District Court records show that Hairston is scheduled to appear in court August 6 on two charges — for driving without a license and for carrying up to 0.5 ounces of marijuana. The marijuana charge is listed as a misdemeanor.

Steve Kirschner, a spokesman for the UNC Athletics Department, said Thursday that coach Roy Williams and Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham were aware of a situation regarding Hairston. He said they would issue a statement when they had enough information to do so.

Hairston led the team in scoring last season with an average of 14.6 points per game. He knocked down 89 three-pointers, the second highest single-season total in UNC history.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

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