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Man on pre-trial release arrested for firearm theft and drug trafficking

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Anthony Devon Quinn, 31, was arrested last night and charged with grand theft of a firearm, drug trafficking, multiple counts of drug possession, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling drugs, and selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a convenience store.

A Gainesville Police Department officer pulled over a car at 2100 NW 13th Street for entering a roadway from a private driveway without stopping; Quinn was the driver and sole occupant of the car. The officer reported that he smelled marijuana as soon as he approached the car, which was a rental.

Quinn reportedly denied smoking marijuana in the car and said he did not have any marijuana. The officer searched the car and reportedly found a shoulder bag that contained 17.2 grams of marijuana, a loaded Springfield 40 cal pistol, and about 60 grams of MDPV.

The officer reported that the presence of baggies combined with large amounts of marijuana and MDPV is consistent with dealing drugs. The officer also reportedly found a large amount of cash in the car and in Quinn’s pocket. Quinn’s previous location at the Kampus Inn is less than 1,000 feet from a convenience store, which was open at the time.

The gun was reported stolen in Gainesville in August 2020.

Post Miranda, Quinn denied ownership of the bag and all the items in it.

Quinn has been charged with grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of trafficking quantities of phenethylamines, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug equipment, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, and maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling drugs. Bail information is unavailable on holidays.

Quinn was last arrested on November 23, 2022, on charges of simple assault and grand theft of a vehicle. He was released after posting $15,000 bail; one condition of his release is that he may not possess firearms. Quinn has five felony convictions and has served two state prison sentences, with his last release in May 2021.

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. 

  • What purpose does the public defenders office serve? How can these people look anyone in the eye after collecting their paycheck?

    • Uhmmm…right to a fair trial?? Hey, throw the book at him if he’s convicted, but everyone deserves a fair trial or no one will get a fair trial. Public Defenders and Regional Counsels work their butts off for ungrateful clients, dangerous situations and low pay. THAT’S how they “collect a paycheck. “

      • Well Jimmy you’re not wrong but since it’s that bad, perhaps a career change?
        “Hi honey, great day today- I got another very predatory career criminal off the hook for some BS technicality & released back into society today!”

  • They’ll drop all the drug charge, if he take a plea deal of 2 years for TV’s gun charge! Sad

  • Read somewhere before, “can’t fix what doesn’t want to be fixed.”
    Also read, “can’t fix stupid.”

    How appropriate.

    Better protect yourselves and your families, criminals don’t want to follow the rules.
    One thing is for sure, LEOs in Alachua County are apparently busier than the elves this time of year…what a shame.

    • & what are you? Far from perfect. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Ya mother should’ve taught you that!

  • Nice skull n crossbones neck tattoo, betcha a prospective employer can’t wait to hire him! 😀

  • Another repeat offender ‘usual’ suspect. Love our evolving cultural diversity decreasing the amount of prison time served which gives them more ‘opportunities’ to contribute to society.

  • Despite what is written in the report. This guy use to help get guns off the street. A bad group of officers violated him mistaken identity. Although compensated and apologized to, it changed him. I do not see that in the report. Anyways, do not be so quick to judge. I owe him big time. He saved my life.

    • Really? He’s a Saint for sure with his prior convictions! LoL! You provide nothing to back up his being a “saint” and expect people to believe it!

      Mama says, “He’s a good Boy”, always other peoples guns back home!

      Sorry, you can’t seriously defend this guy!

      Maybe send him for a job with Mayor Poe, Mayor Elect Ward, CC Saco, or the two outgoing GNV CCs! They’ll be looking for front soon too!

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