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Gainesville man previously convicted on gun and drug charges arrested with gun and drugs

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kantrez E’vontay Mayberry, 23, was arrested early this morning after a traffic stop and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and resisting an officer without violence.

Mayberry’s vehicle was pulled over at about 12:18 a.m. by an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy because the tag was allegedly obscured; the deputy reported that Mayberry was “confrontational and defensive.” Because a records check showed that Mayberry had previously been convicted of illegally carrying a concealed firearm, the deputy patted him down to ensure that he was not carrying a weapon and reportedly found the outline of a baggie in his front pants pocket. When the deputy asked Mayberry if he had any marijuana, Mayberry reportedly said he did, and the deputy removed the baggie.

Based on the discovery of marijuana, the deputy conducted a probable-cause search of Mayberry’s vehicle and reportedly found a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat; at that point, Mayberry was placed in handcuffs. Mayberry allegedly tensed his body and pulled away, and it reportedly required two deputies to finally place him in handcuffs.

Interviews with Mayberry and his passenger reportedly led to the discovery of text messages between Mayberry and the passenger, in which Mayberry instructed the passenger to “Take gun in the house” and “Don’t let them search u”; another text said, “Under the seat.”

Mayberry has two felony convictions and served one year and 14 days in prison after convictions on charges of carrying a concealed firearm without a license and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He was released from prison in July 2022. Judge Jonathan Ramsey set bail at $12,500 on the new charges, and Mayberry has posted bail and has been released.

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. 

    • He may be setting bail according to “new guidelines” set by state lawyers. So perps have a “reasonable chance” of meeting the 10% threshold — either to be back on our streets, or hopefully book it to Atlanta.

  • It’s not like he didn’t know it was against the law for a felon to have a firearm.
    Can’t fix those who don’t want to be fixed and you can’t teach respect for laws to those who don’t have respect for anything; best cull them from the herd before they hurt somebody.

    • We need to cull some judges too. Call them out with low bails and slaps on the wrist. When criminals learn it will cost them 5-10 years in prison when they have/use a gun, fewer will carry them.

    • Funny how things change. Back in the day when horses were the main source of transportation.When someone was released from prison they were given a horse and a gun.Now they are given a bus ticket and a ,” don’t come back’. Should someone who has no violent history, convicted of marijuana possession, not be able to possess a gun to protect his home and family?

        • Uhhh. He hasn’t been convicted yet. Oh that’s right, if he’s charged, must be guilty. Have to say, I’m sure glad they took away Trump’s ability to carry. He is a 34 time convicted felon

          • Read the whole story and not just the comments:
            “had previously been convicted of illegally carrying a concealed firearm.”
            Glad to help.

          • I did,the person who responded to me didn’t.. He said he was a 2 time felon…He was only convicted once.He has yet to go to trial on this charge..

          • More assistance: “has two felony convictions and served one year and 14 days in prison after convictions on charges of carrying a concealed firearm without a license and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.”

            Does being convicted once on two felonies make a person a 2 time felon, or a felon who was convicted of 2 felonies?

  • Mayberry has no business on the streets. His “chosen” tattoo says it all. He has chosen to be a thug.

  • Felons with guns (especially those that resist arrest) need to remain in jail until trial. $1250 got this 🤡 back on the streets to continue to terrorize the community. Thank your leftist politicians for ridiculous bonds like this.

  • Was he crime-groomed by our esteemed Dem legal establishment, maybe since juvenile justice days, perhaps?
    Our police deserve a 200% pay raise immediately.

    When will voters wake up? Dem skools, Dem parent(s), Dem lawyers and Dem judges are your ENEMIES. Until you vote different. 💩👿👺ACLUSPLCDNC

    • Yes, let’s put a felon in the WH..That has to be the answer. You get him in, he will never leave, like Kim And Putin..Gotta love those countries.

  • How does this help stop violent criminals carrying guns? Judge Ramsey is obviously pro criminal and anti safe community.

    • There is a law, that a person charged with a crime has the right to a fair and equitable bond. If people would delve into the world of law instead of just placing blame, they would see that an outrageous bond can lead to grounds of appeal for not allowing him the right to seek council of his choice. PD’s are a joke.But it is much easier for Right to blame the left,even though we are in. Deep Red state.

  • With such a low bond, why even set one. Just ROR him.
    Only winner is Bondsman, Public Safety loses again.

    • There are a number of reasons for low bond, weak case, or no violent history. A fair and equitable bond is called for..He did time for the same exact crime , but gun was not used in either case.

  • Kantrez has no respect for the law or your penalties. He needs to be taught a tough lesson.

  • The article says that he posted the $12,500 bail, not that be was released after a bond was posted. Where does he come up with $12,500 cash?

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