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Gainesville man charged with selling drugs and possession of firearm by a convicted felon

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Keontra Kevon Tillman, 21, was arrested yesterday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug equipment, carrying a concealed firearm during a felony, and possession of a firearm by a delinquent under 24 years of age.

A Gainesville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop on Tillman for driving 38 in a 30 mph zone, running a stop sign, and not wearing a seatbelt. The officer reported that he smelled marijuana as soon as he made contact with Tillman, the driver and only occupant of the car, and he could see pieces of marijuana and burnt marijuana cigarettes inside the vehicle.

A probable cause search of the car produced a backpack containing 1.5 pounds of marijuana, some of which was individually packaged in separate baggies, with a bulk amount in a larger bag. The backpack also reportedly contained unused baggies and a scale.

A loaded Glock 22 was reportedly found in the car, within reach of Tillman.

When Tillman was 17, he was charged as an adult with possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted delinquent, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and maintaining a structure for drug trafficking. He was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted delinquent and carrying a concealed firearm, both felonies; the other charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail with credit for 364 days time served.

Judge Walter Green set bail at $32,000.

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. 

  • Criminals, where would they be if there weren’t any laws? Better yet, where would we be?
    For one, they wouldn’t be criminals anymore and we wouldn’t need law enforcement.

    Until then, protect yourselves and your families. Criminals shouldn’t have more than you to do just that.

    • I just wonder about the 4 people who down voted this. What kind of whack job would down vote protecting one’s self and family from criminals? Hummmm? Criminals maybe?

      • They are white and believe that getting rid of GPD K-9s were the right thing to do they would vote to defund the police department but would call 911 if anything happened to them they don’t believe in the 2 A look down on us who cares a gun and would ridicule us if we used it to protect our families

  • Dam another convicted felon with a gun don’t felons know it’s against the law for them to have a gun.
    It’s time for the idiots who push for gun control laws to realize they don’t work the only ones who will obey them are law abiding citizens. This story proves this

  • The previous slap on the wrist proves you need to provide full punishment for gun crimes. The gun is needed in case of his drug crimes going wrong. Judge Green needs to go. This thug is already a career criminal.

  • This is a simple story. CONVICTED FELON, in possession of a firearm he banned from owning. Possession of drugs with intent to sell. Already has two other felony convictions. Simple common sense says he needs to be in prison for a some reflection time. The tattoo on his throat is a sign give him 200 months. And once again “Set them free” Walter Green and his low bail. This felon does not deserve to walk among the community he poisoning and preying on.

    • Zero tolerance! Be a felon and get caught with a gun, then you’re done! 10, 20, life! …this should be plastered on all the city buses instead of those lawyer ads…enough is enough.

  • Judge Green must be getting kickbacks from these felons. Maybe he’ll do the right thing when a crime is done close to home. What a waste of a judge.

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