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After a school resource officer reportedly saw a marijuana pipe in a car by a school, an 18-year-old now faces felony charges related to armed drug delivery.

Zachary Cole Roller, of Bismarck, was arrested Monday and is charged with Class A felony possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana with a firearm, Class B felony conspiracy to deliver marijuana and Class A misdemeanor carrying a concealed firearm or weapon.

Court documents say the SRO saw the smoking device in plain view on the front passenger seat in the vehicle at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at South Central High School. Roller was coming out of the school at the time, and the officer stopped him to search his vehicle parked on the street. Two 15-year-old Legacy High School students were also present.

Roller reportedly told the officer he had a loaded handgun in his pocket, allegedly a Kel Tec P3AT .380, for protection along with an extra loaded magazine on his person.

Roller reportedly admitted he deals drugs "but only in small amounts" and smoked marijuana earlier that day. An affidavit said one of the 15-year-olds told the officer he and Roller had smoked marijuana together from the pipe in the car.

Court documents also say a search warrant yielded text messages from Roller's phone, which allegedly showed him dealing marijuana. One message also reportedly said he had delivered half an ounce of marijuana 30 minutes before the SRO's stop.

Another search also reportedly found 7 grams of marijuana and several drug-related items in Roller's vehicle.

Why Roller was at the school isn't entirely clear. Renae Hoffman-Walker, Bismarck Public Schools spokeswoman, said he is not a student and did not graduate last spring.

His charges, if followed by a conviction, carry a weight of up to 31 years in prison and $43,000 fine.

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