Man arrested for dealing drugs 6 weeks after release from prison


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Deron Hakeem Palmer, 33, was arrested yesterday evening and charged with selling a controlled substance, possession of fentanyl, possession of crack cocaine, and unlawful use of a two-way communications device after allegedly selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer.

A Gainesville Police Department undercover officer arranged by text message to buy $40 of crack cocaine from Palmer and met him at a motel on W. University Avenue. The officer reported that Palmer entered his car, the officer gave Palmer $40, and Palmer handed the officer crack cocaine. At that point, Palmer was taken into custody by uniformed officers.

Palmer reportedly had 9.2 grams of cocaine, 1.0 grams of fentanyl, and 4.6 grams of marijuana in his possession.

Palmer has four felony convictions and was released from state prison on August 28 after serving one year and seven days on charges of drug possession and property damage. He had previously served a three-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Palmer is being held on $40,000 bail.

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  • They need to start teaching inmates new trade skills before releasing them even the basics reading wrighting math how to handal finances write a check he could have been a welder, cabniet maker even assist in a mortuary instead he returned to what he knew before all the money you obtain from drug bust etc could have helped him and so many others

    • Because he wouldn’t show up for work the day after he robbed or killed his employer

  • A perfect example of how some people just don’t learn and can’t be rehabilitated. I’m glad law enforcement caught this frog again before he killed someone with the poison he was selling.
    I hope this was his third strike so he’ll get life and not be able to harm anyone again…

  • Like Dale Earnhardt Sr. said, “They can’t put it in you, and they can’t take it out of you”…

  • Charge him with premeditated attempted murder and hope he is found guilty and actually sentenced with no release BEFORE he kills someone because fentanyl is a murder weapon

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