A Rowan University student majoring in law and justice is about to get a personal lesson in the criminal justice system.

Authorities are searching for 25-year-old student Robert Hardiman Jr., who was living in campus housing illegally and who is wanted on drug and weapons charges.

University police said they responded to a fire alarm in the Triad housing complex on April 1 and found a boiling pot of water, the smell of marijuana and bullets.

They also discovered a loaded 9 mm gun hidden in the ceiling, 35 rounds of ammunition, Oxycodone, an unidentified white power and drug distribution material along with a pay stub belonging to Hardiman.

University police said Hardiman was living in the apartment illegally. Police issued a warrant for the student assigned to the apartment, Emmanuel Flores, 21, who turned himself in.

University police believed Hardiman was in Piscataway but he was spotted in Glassboro on Wednesday night.

Hardiman, who is black, is described as standing 5-foot-11 with short black hair, brown eyes and tattoos of a money sign and an upside down cross on his left arm.

He is charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, unlawful possession of a firearm on a college campus, possession of a scheduled drug, possession of marijuana over 50 grams, possession with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute in a school zone, unlawful entry (trespassing) and burglary. He was also charged on a summons for criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone who spots Hardiman on or near campus should not approach him, officials said, but should contact Rowan University Police at 856-256-4911 or Glassboro police by calling 911.

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