For the second time in two years, a hip-hop star and his entourage of three men were arrested on gun and drug charges during a performance at Georgia Southern University.
"D'Juan Hart, whose stage name is 'Young Dro,' was one of four individuals arrested by Georgia Southern University Police outside of the Performing Arts Center on Saturday," said Jennifer Wise, director of communications at Georgia Southern. "Hart had been contracted by a non-university promoter to perform for the Statesboro Summer Jam for which the university's space had been rented."
In 2015, law enforcement agents interrupted a late-to-start concert at Georgia Southern's Hanner Fieldhouse by the rap group Migos and arrested all three members of the group, as well as 13 in their entourage, on gun and drug charges. That performance was part of the university's Spring Bling concert.
When Hart and his group showed up to the PAC on Saturday night, a GSU police officer said he smelled a "strong odor of marijuana on the entourage" and decided to inspect their vehicle for visible drugs or violations, according to GSU police incident and arrest reports.
The officer said he saw a handgun in a holster within plain view in the white Chevrolet Tahoe in which the group arrived, and he called for assistance and had Hart, 37, brought out of the PAC to the vehicle.
Further investigation led to the discovery of a bag of marijuana, a marijuana blunt (a cigar filled with marijuana) and a bottle of promethazine syrup, reports stated. Also, a wooden cylinder containing marijuana was found in a book bag, and a pink pill that was determined to be amphetamine and dextroamphetamine was discovered in an Altoids mints container, according to reports.
No one in the group claimed ownership of the gun, reports stated. None held a license to carry a firearm.
Hart, who listed his address as Shell Drive in Atlanta, was charged with marijuana possession, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon in a school safety zone and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Jonathan F. Carle, 27, of Clay Street in Fairburn, was charged with marijuana possession, possession of a controlled substance and failure to have the original container for prescription medications.
Carlton Oscar Harvey, 38, of Avon Avenue in Atlanta, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon in a school safety zone, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and marijuana possession.
Jeremiah T. Maultsberry, 38, of Fort Valley Drive in Atlanta, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon in a school safety zone and marijuana possession.
All were taken to the Bulloch County Jail and are being held without bond as they await further court hearings.
Hart, or Young Dro, is a multi-platinum artist whose 2006 single "Shoulder Lean" was ranked No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.