Man charged with drug dealing after overdose death

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jose A. Coronel, 45, was arrested late Thursday night and charged with six drug-related felonies, two drug-related misdemeanors, money laundering, and using a two-way communications device to facilitate a felony after a man died of an overdose after allegedly purchasing drugs from Coronel.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a medical emergency at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night; the patient died, and deputies found evidence of drug use. The death is being investigated as a potential overdose. The victim’s parents reportedly gave consent to search his phone, where deputies found messages between the victim and Coronel from two days before his death about buying “a pack.” Previous messages between the two reportedly discussed weights, quality, and prices.

Deputies matched the phone number to Coronel and used the victim’s phone to arrange a narcotics deal. When Coronel came outside to meet them, he was taken into custody. A search incident to arrest reportedly produced a small bag with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.

A search warrant was issued and reportedly produced 18.8 grams of marijuana, 29.2 grams of methamphetamine, 8 alprazolam pills, 8 amphetamine pills, $1,600 in cash, a scale, baggies, glass pipes, and straws.

Coronel’s home is located 880 feet from Metcalfe Elementary School.

Coronel has been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession and possession with intent to sell of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, money laundering, maintaining a drug dwelling, possession of amphetamines with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a two-way communications device, and possession of alprazolam with intent to sell. Additional charges may be added later.

Coronel has traffic citations in Alachua County going back to 2006 but no local criminal history. 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. 

    • If he wasn’t a documented citizen, that would be mentioned in the article. Not every person with a Spanish name is an immigrant, you’re just racist.

      • More like a ‘realist’. These articles don’t always mention a perps citizenship status. Every since your boy Joke Biden got elected he has an open border policy that is destroying our country.

        • These articles DO always mention citizenship status IF the person is not a legal citizen. Just because I have a problem with your thinly veiled racist comments doesn’t mean I support Joe Biden. Not sure where you got this idea that all leftists are Biden supporters, the overwhelming majority hate him as much as you do.

          • Citizenship status is only mentioned if it is reported by the arresting officer or if the jail is showing an ICE detainer. Citizenship status is not always known at the time of arrest, particularly if the person has no ID.

          • since the article mentions his traffic citations going back almost 20 years in gville wouldn’t you say the police did in fact have access to his citizenship status?

          • My comment spoke about the general situation. I specifically put the information about being in the area since 2006 to counter potential allegations that he is here illegally. However, there are many arrests, particularly for not having a valid license, in which the person has no U.S. ID and no local history, but citizenship is not mentioned either way. Local law enforcement is not focused on whether people are here legally but just on whether they are breaking state laws. Citizenship questions arise later in the process when federal authorities have the opportunity to weigh in.

  • Kudos to whatever caused the little love strawberry on this idiot’s forehead. May be the only punishment he get with our judges and state attorneys office.

  • I really don’t appreciate a lot of the comments I’m seeing on here.

    I’ve known Jose for nearly 15 years, and I was aware of his struggle with meth addiction..which is an absolute scourge in the gay community.

    I was unaware that he was dealing, and I am so sorry to see that someone died as a result of an overdose. Again, meth usage is rife in the gay community, and we are failing to address it as a community. I wouldn’t be surprised if I knew the victim too. Our community isn’t that big.

    I will say that the people commenting on his citizenship status are just being nasty degenerates. Jose is an American and a long-time Gainesville resident. Please don’t resort to pathetic, racist motivations.

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