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Man on drug offender probation arrested for selling cocaine

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Bennie Lee Walker, Jr., 50, was arrested early this morning and charged with selling cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 18 months of drug offender probation in August of 2022 after pleading nolo contendere to cocaine possession.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped an SUV at 1900 SW 75th Street because the tag light did not clearly illuminate the tag. The deputy asked Walker, a passenger in the SUV, for his identification, and while looking through his wallet, he reportedly pulled out a small baggie that contained what appeared to be white powder. The powder tested positive for cocaine.

In a search incident to arrest, the deputy reported finding 13 more small baggies, one in his hat and 12 in his shoe. He also had about 100 empty baggies in his pocket. A total of 12 grams of cocaine (including the weight of the bags) was reportedly found.

Post Miranda, Walker reportedly admitted that all the baggies contained cocaine and stated that he had sold two small baggies earlier in the night for $20 each.

Walker has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently on drug offender probation after pleading nolo contendere to a charge of cocaine possession in August; he also served 28 days in jail on that charge. He is being held on $75,000 bail.

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