Man arrested for possession of trafficking quantity of fentanyl, over 140 grams of marijuana

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Terrence Darby Byrd, Sr., 35, was arrested last night on a warrant from a January traffic stop that allegedly produced a trafficking quantity of fentanyl, over 140 grams of marijuana, and a firearm.

At about 11:25 p.m. on January 12, a Gainesville Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of NE 15th Street because the vehicle allegedly ran a stop sign. Byrd was reportedly the registered owner and the only occupant of the vehicle.

The officer reported that he could smell marijuana from the interior of the vehicle, and when he asked Byrd if there was marijuana in the vehicle, Byrd reportedly said there was some in the center console and that he did not have a medical marijuana card. When the officer asked whether there were any weapons in the vehicle, Byrd reportedly said he had a gun on him, and the officer reportedly found a 9mm pistol inside Byrd’s waistband.

A probable cause search of Byrd’s vehicle reportedly produced several containers of marijuana that weighed a total of 140.6 grams, hand-pressed pills weighing a total of 16.4 grams, about 100 plastic baggies, and a digital scale. The pills reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl; the officer noted that the amount of fentanyl was four times the trafficking amount.

Post Miranda, Byrd reportedly said the vehicle was his and that he uses it for narcotics sales; he also said he lends the vehicle out to get narcotics. He reportedly said the gun was his and that he bought it from a friend in the streets. He reportedly said the marijuana was his and that he sells it to make extra money. He initially said he didn’t know anything about the pills, but he later reportedly told the officer that there might be “beans” in the vehicle; the officer noted that this is a common street name for Ecstasy.

Byrd has been charged with possession of trafficking quantities of fentanyl, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling drugs.

Byrd has one misdemeanor conviction (non-violent). Judge Kristine Van Vorst ordered him held without bail on the fentanyl charge, pending a hearing on a motion from the State Attorney’s Office to hold him without bail until trial; Judge Van Vorst set bail at $150,000 on the other charges.

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. 

  • Crazy af! all the information you told them, I doubt that would even help the case being that they found such large amounts smh. then taking it to trial could literally be the worst thing to do

  • If he’d work as hard at a legit job as hard he did at trying to go to prison he’d be a pretty productive member of society.

  • What am I missing? He was caught with the drugs in January so why is it being posted on here now? Did go free after the officer found all the drugs and he just being arrested now?

  • If he didn’t go to jail , then obviously they were using him to get the bigger fish. Someone else connected in this whole thing is either being watched now or has already went down!

    • Tell the truth and shame the devil there’s something wrong with this system and it’s bad that they use each other it’s like a feeding fest I wish they would have done that in my son’s case he wouldn’t be catching 10 years right now and the other dude just walk away Scott free my son was young 19 he got served 10 years if the police would have just done their job they would have seen that my son was sheltered and didn’t know a damn thing his friend then took him down the wrong road I just wish that ASO would have done a better job and my son’s case just because my son said I did it all doesn’t mean he did it all they just closed the book and shut it now they’ve exposed him to prison life something that boy never knew when he gets out he’s not going to be like the rest of society I’m going to have to train my son all over again like he’s being reborn what a shame the judicial system fails us all the time just because his dad’s black and I’m white they got free labor and service s*** never changes

  • First off, 140 grams is basically 4 ounces. A Quarter pound. which is Virtually personal use and friends amount.
    Seeing some of the comments here makes me SMH how ignorant so many are that think they ‘Know’.
    Ignorant is not derogatory. Ignorant just means someone does not a real truth or piece of known knowledge.
    And as for getting a real job? So many of our Black community cannot get jobs because of Discrimination or a past charge incurred because of said discrimination

  • Yall need to mind yall damn business yall don’t know nothing about this situation

    • All yall need to mind yall business cause like I said it ain’t none of yall business what’s going on with him

    • If he didn’t tell when he got stop why he gone tell now.. so mind the business tht pays you cause this not the job

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