A Salem State University student from Edgartown was arraigned Monday on charges of illegal possession of a handgun, ammunition, and drugs found in his dorm room.
Gabe Bergeron, 22, turned himself in to Salem District Court Monday after learning Salem State campus police had obtained a warrant charging him with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, and possession of Xanax and over 10 ounces of marijuana.
He was released on $2,500 cash bail, and is due back in court Feb. 5 for a pretrial hearing.
Salem State University police obtained a search warrant for Bergeron’s dorm room and recovered a registered .45 caliber Ruger handgun, two loaded 10 round Ruger magazines, two boxes of ammunition with 80 rounds of ammo, 9½ Xanax pills, and 12.74 ounces of marijuana.
On Dec. 5, a fellow Salem State student went to the Salem State University police to report that Bergeron possessed a handgun and kept it in a safe underneath his bed in his dorm room.
The student said Bergeron showed him the handgun one night while the two were in Bergeron’s dorm room, and he had seen it on Bergeron’s bed the next day.
Bergeron told the student he also had a person with an AR-15 rifle “on standby for him, in case he needed protection,” according to the university police report.
On Dec. 5, university police interviewed Bergeron’s roommate, who told them he had seen Bergeron in possession of a handgun. The roommate also told police Bergeron smokes marijuana and consumes Xanax regularly.
Bergeron is also being charged with malicious destruction of property over $1,200 and disturbing the peace for a Nov. 30 incident at his dorm building, according to a criminal complaint filed in Salem District Court.
Bergeron told university police he locked himself out of his dorm building and crawled in through a broken window.
The university issued a statement through spokesman Nicole Giambusso: “A student was arraigned on Monday for illegal possession of a handgun, ammunition, and narcotics. The university has issued a ‘no trespass’ order, barring the student from campus as the investigation continues. We are unable to comment further while the investigation is ongoing.”
College President John Keenan also sent an email to those on campus about the arrest. “I am grateful to our university police for their work addressing this situation,” he wrote. “Such alleged behavior goes against who we are as a university and what we expect from our students. While news of this arrest is troubling, I am grateful for the professional staff we have in place to manage such matters. Please be assured that as president, safety is my top priority. With that in mind, the university has issued a no-trespass order, barring this student from campus while the investigation is ongoing.”
The Times reached Bergeron by phone, but he declined to comment.