A Southridge High School student was arrested by Indiana State Police Wednesday morning on a Class D felony charge of possession of a firearm on school property.

18-year old Cole Meyer of Huntingburg was taken into custody and taken to the Dubois County Security Center.

Indiana State police found the loaded 9 mm Taurus handgun in Meyer’s pickup truck in the school parking lot.

State police said that at the time the gun was found, they were conducting a routine sweep at the school’s request to locate any illegal drugs that might have been on the school grounds. No illegal drugs were located, but a State Police Trooper Brian LaRoche and his K-9, Blackie, were conducting open-air sniffs around the vehicles in the parking lot when Blackie alerted on the pickup truck. Police say upon locating the student responsible for the pickup, the vehicle was opened and the gun was located in the truck’s center console.

State Police say whether one has a firearms permit or not, unless that person is a law enforcement officer or has been employed or authorized by a school or another person who owns or operates property being used by a school for a school function, it is illegal to possess a firearm in or on school property that is being used by a school for a school function or on a school bus.