Convicted felon arrested for gun and drug possession during enhanced patrol at E. University Wawa


Telvin Rudolph Sweeting, 30, of Starke, was arrested Sunday evening at the Wawa on E. University Avenue on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

While conducting an increased patrol at the Wawa at 1007 E. University Avenue following the murder there on April 5, a Gainesville Police Department officer saw a car that was running but unoccupied. When officers checked on the car, they saw a firearm on the driver’s side floor board in plain view and stayed near the car until the owner returned.

When Sweeting returned to the car, officers approached him, and he reportedly said he was waiting on his brother, the driver of the car. However, after some time passed without the return of the brother, officers reviewed the camera footage at the business; the video reportedly showed that Sweeting arrived by himself.

As a convicted felon, Sweeting is prohibited from possessing a gun. In a search of the car, officers reportedly found a Taurus G3 handgun, 29.6 grams of marijuana, and a scale. Sweeting was charged with possession of marijuana within 1000 feet of a convenience store and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and released on $10,000 bail.

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. 

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