Student Arrested On School Campus

A West Johnston High student who is reportedly a member of a street gang has been arrested on allegations he was selling marijuana on the school campus.

Following an investigation by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, 16 year-old Gregory Tyler Brinkley of Raleigh Road, Benson was arrested on Tuesday.

Very few details were released about the investigation that led up to his arrest but authorities did say Brinkley was a suspected member of the Bloods street gang.

According to an internet search, the Bloods are primarily but not exclusively an African American street gang widely known for its rivalry with the Crips.  Since their creation in the 1960’s in Los Angeles, Blood gangs have branched out throughout the United States. During the 1980’s the Bloods began distributing cocaine which lead to a dramatic increase in membership and profit for members, allowing the gang to rapidly expand.

Brinkley was charged by sheriff’s narcotics agents with the felony sell of marijuana and the felony delivery of marijuana.  As of Thursday afternoon, Brinkley was still being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $25,000 bond.

WTSB News and JoCoReport.com reached out to Johnston County school officials for a comment on Brinkley’s arrest and whether West Johnston parents were notified.  

Through the Public Information Office of Johnston County Schools, Superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow released this statement: “We are privileged to have a dependable and collaborative relationship with our local law enforcement. Thanks to our strong partnership, our educational environment is continually observed and situations like these can be addressed immediately.”