BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Carlos Micheal Anderson, 31, was arrested early this morning and charged with possession of cocaine and synthetic cathinones.
An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy made contact with Anderson at 1:42 a.m. in the parking lot of the Dollar General at 7487 SW 13th Road, off Tower Road. The deputy asked him why he was in the parking lot when the store was closed, and he reported that Anderson said he was eating his food and lived in the area; the deputy wrote that he appeared to be nervous.
The deputy asked Anderson for his identification, but he reportedly said a state trooper took his identification and didn’t give it back. The deputy asked him to step out of the vehicle.
The deputy saw the handle of what appeared to be a firearm in the car, and Anderson reportedly said it was a flare gun. After asking whether he had a concealed carry permit, the deputy arrested him.
The deputy reported that Anderson asked him to retrieve his phone from inside the vehicle, and while inside the vehicle, he saw a baggie containing a substance that appeared to be illegal narcotics.
Post Miranda, Anderson reportedly said he didn’t know what the substance was and that nothing in the vehicle was his. The vehicle was not registered to Anderson. The deputy reportedly found 1.05 grams of synthetic cathinones and 1.15 grams of cocaine in the vehicle.
Anderson has 18 felony convictions and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, followed by 2 years of probation, in December of 2021 for multiple charges of cashing counterfeit checks. He is currently charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and is being held on $10,000 bail.
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