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Man arrested with drugs and illegal gun also charged with threatening officer and his family

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Keith Lamar Hopkins, 29, was arrested yesterday and charged with four felonies and five misdemeanors after allegedly threatening the officer who arrested him and his family after being arrested for possession of drugs and a gun with an altered serial number.

A Santa Fe College Police Department officer pulled Hopkins over at about 10:40 a.m. yesterday after seeing the car driving through campus with a brake light that didn’t work. Hopkins initially did not pull over but eventually stopped in the parking lot of the Walgreens at NW 39th Avenue and NW 91st Street.

The officer reported that Hopkins’ driver’s license was suspended and that he had been designated a Habitual Traffic Offender in 2018. The officer also reported that he could smell marijuana and could see marijuana “shake” in plain view in the car.

A probable cause search of the car reportedly yielded a bag in the car’s trunk with two bags of a powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine; one of the bags weighed about 20 grams. A silver handgun with a scratched-off serial number was also reportedly found in the bag.

The officer handcuffed Hopkins after searching the bag. Post Miranda, Hopkins reportedly denied owning the bag that contained the drugs and the gun but later said everything in the car was his. He also reportedly said the white powdery substance was baking soda and that he regularly carries baking soda with him. The officer also reportedly found marijuana in a search of Hopkins’ person while arresting him.

Hopkins allegedly resisted officers who tried to secure him in the patrol car with a seatbelt by pulling away, pressing into officers, undoing the seatbelt, and verbally refusing to comply. At one point, he allegedly spat through the grated divider, getting saliva on the officer’s laptop and other parts of the car’s interior.

While being transported to the jail, Hopkins allegedly threatened the officer and his family members, including saying, “They gonna find you in the bushes,” “I don’t make threats, I make promises,” and that he would find the officer when he was free. He allegedly said he hoped the officer’s female family members would become victims of sexual assaults. He also allegedly asked repeatedly for the officer’s home address, social media accounts, and other personal information.

Hopkins has been charged with fleeing, driving with a suspended license as a habitual offender, driving with a suspended license (3rd or subsequent violation), possession of cocaine, possessing an altered firearm, threatening an officer with death or serious bodily harm, threatening an officer’s family members with death or serious bodily harm, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest.

Hopkins has one felony conviction and 10 misdemeanor convictions. Bail information is unavailable on weekends.

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.ย 

  • He will be out in a year after the state defers prosecution and gives probation.. thats the State of Florida for you.. maybe if we had a governor ๐Ÿค” who fights to keep violent offenders behind bars like he fights schools and Disney.. maybe things would change..Thanks Maga ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜’

    • He might be safer inside the jail or prison, after threatening a cop and his whole family. Something to think about.

    • Our Governor has done amazing things for the state of Florida! Because of him I didnโ€™t have to get the fake CoVid vaccine that my husband did because heโ€™s active duty military!

      DeSantis is one of a kind! Most people do not appreciate him because he speaks the TRUTH!!

    • GeeZus, you didn’t have to be quite so transparent, we’ve known for some time how much you despise DeSantis and other conservative leaders.
      I guess you got your Christmas, yes, Christmas present early – DeSantis has the Governorship for the next 4 years. Unless he’s elected President of the United States.
      By the way, he didn’t fight the schools, he fought for parental rights. There’s a difference.

      • He’s not fighting for anything, his supporters ๐Ÿฅด so everything for him. Rich doesn’t make you wise. He had enough votes to run Florida because he made it so many minorities couldn’t vote. We should have California’s governor. Count your lucky stars that he can’t run against Obama๐Ÿ‘‘

        • UsvsHim, which minorities did he not allow to vote? Must be the same voters that Trump claims voted for him.
          Don’t worry, you’ve been counted.

  • I just love the contrite & remorseful facial expressions on many of these mugshots. I’m sure they wouldn’t do it again….until they get caught?

  • After threatening cops he marked himself as ” shoot first ask question later.” Any time a want a be gangster threatens law enforcement or family they should be labeled a domestic terrorist.

  • I’m trying to wrap my head around why he bothered trying to explain the powder post-Miranda, and what his excuse was going to be for carrying around baggies of baking soda before he finally shut up.

    “No, officer. That’s definitely not cocaine. That’s just baking soda. I carry it with me regularly. I use it to cook the cocaine into crack, but I’ve already sold all that. Can I get an attorney now?”

  • Best part of this read was “regularly carries baking soda with him”. Lol ok buddy. His profession does though.

  • Search this guy’s name, he threatened to kill two Walmart loss prevention workers in 2014. How many times are they going to let this guy back on the streets?

  • A real certified POS! Make those threats to others and they will cancel your ticket! Scum of the earth!

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