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Man arrested for possession of drugs after police respond to call about man sitting on front porch

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Jarvis Anthony Myhand, 30, was arrested yesterday afternoon after a resident called 911 to report that an unknown man had been sitting on her porch. The caller said her apartment and the apartment next door had been burglarized several times over the past month, and she was afraid this was the same person who had burglarized her apartment.

Gainesville Police Department officers approached the man and asked his name. Myhand reportedly gave them his name, but when they asked him to take his hands from under a blanked on his lap, he refused. An officer tried to move the blanket, but Myhand allegedly held it tightly and continued reaching around, ignoring several orders to stop. The officers were concerned that he may have been holding a weapon under the blanket, so they told him they would be detaining him.

Myhand allegedly resisted attempts to handcuff him and stood up while continuing to pull away from the officers. When he stood up, his blanket fell to the ground, along with a baggie containing white powder.

When asked why he was on the porch, Myhand reportedly said he was working for the resident, picking up trash. However, the resident denied having employed Myhand to pick up trash.

A search of Myhand reportedly found some cash, about a gram of marijuana, and another baggie containing 4.6 grams of MDVP. The baggie that had fallen to the ground just had “residue” in it, possibly also MDVP. Post Miranda, Myhand reportedly denied possession of any of the narcotics and said he was being set up. Later, he reportedly said the tests were wrong because the substance was bath salts. En route to the jail, he reportedly said he used the bath salts for a toothache.

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Myhand has a juvenile history and adult drug charges going back 10 years, but the first adult guilty adjudications were on 2015 charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana. In 2018, he was found guilty of misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid license and resisting arrest. He was arrested twice for misdemeanors in 2021, once for resisting arrest and once on a battery charge after allegedly pouring bleach all over a woman he was staying with; he was found guilty in both cases and fined. Myhand has been charged with drug possession and resisting arrest without violence and is being held on $20,000 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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