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Holly Heights foot patrol yields guns and drugs

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

A foot patrol in the Holly Heights neighborhood last night by Alachua County Sheriff’s (ASO) deputies led to several arrests for guns and drugs. The neighborhood, north of SW 8th Avenue between I-75 and Tower Road, is a documented “high-crime, high-drug” neighborhood, according to one of the arrest reports. The report also says ASO has recently responded to multiple shootings in the neighborhood.

An’tonica Jayna Smith

At about 11:00 p.m., a deputy on foot patrol heard “the distinct sound of a firearm slide racking back.” She made contact with An’tonica Jayna Smith, 21, who was reportedly carrying a concealed firearm in her waistband. The deputy reported that Smith was later observed carrying the gun in her hand from the trunk of her car to the driver’s side door. Upon contact with deputies, she reportedly placed the gun between the driver’s side seat and the center console in the car. She does not have a concealed carry permit.

Smith has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and carrying a prohibited weapon openly. She is being held on $30,000 bail.

Jason D. Ashford

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At 1:00 a.m., deputies came across a car that was running, with a driver who acted like he was asleep although deputies reportedly that they saw his hand moving on the gear shifter. They wrote that a hand-rolled marijuana joint and two MDMA pills were in plain sight in the car.

The deputies asked the occupant, Jason D. Ashford, 41, to get out of the car, and marijuana reportedly fell to the ground as he stood up. MDPV was allegedly found in his pocket, and cocaine was reportedly found in a metal container on a chain around his neck.

Ashford was found to be on federal probation until 2027 for firearm charges. He has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. He is being held on $45,000 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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