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Career Offender arrested for selling drugs near Lynch Park

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Rickie Jerome West, 53, was arrested yesterday on three drug charges after officers reported that he conducted a “hand-to-hand” drug sale near Lynch Park.

At 1:52 p.m. yesterday, Gainesville Police Department Officers were conducting an increased patrol at 400 S. Main Street because of recent complaints about open-air drug sales in that area, and an officer reportedly saw West conducting a “hand-to-hand” transaction.

The officer made contact with West, who reportedly said he had “tunchi” in his backpack; “tunchi” is a synthetic cannabinoid. The green leafy substance weighed 0.12 grams.

A search of West’s backpack reportedly produced two prescription pill bottles that were not prescribed to him; one contained 10 pills of lorazepam (Ativan), and the other contained 36 pills of dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride (Focalin).

West reportedly said at first that the pills belonged to a friend. Post Miranda, he reportedly said that the green leafy substance was “tunchi” and that he found the pills dumpster diving.

West, whose address is listed as GRACE Marketplace, is a Career Offender with eight felony convictions (none violent) and two misdemeanor convictions (none violent). He has served seven prison sentences, all out of Alachua County, with his most recent release in 2017. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $70,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.ย 

  • “Career offender” means the judge should keep him out of society. Common sense really isn’t that difficult…..unless of course you are a liberal who seem to lack the common sense gene.

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      • Prove career criminal….. the same could be said about someone son too who tried to cook the system. I’ll take the first over the second. There is still more to come from that son’s family.

  • Tim is right. You moron conservatives bitch about criminals yet you back a convicted criminal who’s running for office. You’re all hippocrites.

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      • Oh you care even without a functioning brain. You can’t stop crying about it. 7-ELEVEN

    • But then again bidens turn is coming. I rather be known for backing a sane man wrongly convicted of fighting tyrants then a discumbolated dementia ridden guy who can never made a decision on his own, lies and plagiarized every other week, and will probably be convicted of a lot more than the first.

  • DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY INCUMBANT LOCAL judges. Vote NO on retaining them.

  • The judges who let these people continue to prey on the public need to be voted out of office.

  • I thought Ly bvb ch Park was closed for a deep cleaning and remodeling. I hope this not what they meant by having one of the city’s potential ambassadors selling drugs to prompt a new look and park dream

  • Who cares that he was convicted in a court of law? Who cares that he was outvoted? Who cares about any of the systems set in place when they don’t work in our favor? Why care when you can create your own narrative regardless of what actually happens?

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