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.
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