Benjamin Alan Benson

Benjamin Alan Benson

A UF student was arrested for smoking a bong behind Jennings Hall early Wednesday, University Police said.

Benjamin Alan Benson, 19, and three students were sitting at a park table in the woods behind Jennings Hall at about 1 a.m., according to an arrest report. A police officer noticed what looked like a flame from a lighter and smelled burnt marijuana. The officer walked to the table and saw a large bong, police said.

Police said they also found less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a backpack at the scene and on the ground.

Benson was arrested by police on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and taken to the Alachua County Jail.

While Benson was in jail, police found a fake driver’s licence in his wallet, according to the report. He was also charged with fraud, which is a felony.

Benson is a materials science and engineering freshman, UF spokesperson John Hines wrote in an email.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance Wednesday afternoon.

Benson could not be reached for comment.

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Meryl Kornfield, a UF journalism junior, covers the beats desk in the newsroom. Born in Miami, FL, her first journalism experience was working for her high school newspaper, The Palmetto Panther.