GAINESVILLE – Devaron Cartrell Brown, 31, of Newberry, was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) on Saturday, Oct. 16. Brown was charged with carrying an unlicensed concealed firearm, trafficking in methamphetamines, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance and resisting an officer without violence.
According to GPD, Brown was approached by an officer at 1:02 a.m. as the suspect was loitering in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that was running with its lights on. The officer was able to smell a strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicle and also observed in plain view a cannabis joint sitting on top of the center console.
The officer asked Brown to keep his hands visible and to stop digging around in the vehicle. Brown ignored the officer’s commands and continued to dig around in his vehicle. Brown then placed his right hand under his right leg. The officer asked Brown to step out of the vehicle and told him to place his hands behind his back.
As the officer was putting handcuffs on Brown, the suspect tensed up and lunged forward. Brown tried to spin around to face the officer at which time the officer grabbed Brown firmly and forcibly put his hands behind his back.
After Brown was handcuffed, Brown was asked to move away from his car and into the front of a marked GPD unit. Brown continued to resist the officer by tensing up his upper body and pulling away. Brown had to be forcibly moved to the front of a patrol car.
A search of Brown’s vehicle revealed a Glock 43 pistol, loaded with eight rounds, which had been concealed under a black beanie on the front passenger seat. According to GPD, the pistol was not securely encased and was easily assessable to Brown. Also found was 68.6 grams of MDMA/field-tested positive, which was co-located with the pistol, 3.5 grams of cannabis, which was identified by sight and smell, and found on the front passenger seat, one gram of cannabis in a joint found on top of the console and one Ecstasy pill found in the center console.
A check through the GPD teletype revealed that Brown did not have a concealed firearms license.
Brown was arrested for trafficking methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than 20 grams of MDMA.
Brown has been released from the Alachua County Jail on $65,000 bond.
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