Newberry man arrested with concealed handgun, multiple drugs


Updated at 4:00 p.m. on October 18 with the bond amount.

Devaron Cartrell Brown, 31, of Newberry, was arrested last night on charges of carrying an unlicensed concealed firearm, trafficking in methamphetamines, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting an officer without violence.

Brown was approached by a Gainesville Police Department officer at 1:02 a.m. as he was “loitering” in the driver’s seat of a vehicle idling at 300 W. University Avenue in Gainesville. The officer smelled a “strong odor of cannabis” coming from the vehicle and could see a cannabis joint sitting on top of the center console.

The officer asked Brown to keep his hands visible and stop “digging around in the vehicle,” but Brown allegedly ignored the commands and also placed his right hand under his right leg. Brown was then asked to step out of the vehicle and place his hands behind his back, but Brown allegedly tensed up, lunged forward, and then tried to spin around to face the officer, at which time the officer was able to handcuff him. Brown also allegedly tried to pull away from the officer after being handcuffed.

A search of the vehicle found a Glock 43 pistol, loaded with 8 rounds, that was concealed under a hat on the front passenger seat and was easily accessible to the driver, 68.6 grams of MDMA, 3.5 grams of cannabis, and one pill of Ecstasy. Brown does not have a concealed firearm license.

Brown has already been released from the Alachua County Jail on $65,000 bond. The bond was reduced from the recommended $95,000 bond, specifically from $70,000 to $40,000 on the methamphetamine trafficking charge.

He was previously arrested on April 27, 2021, following a traffic stop on I-75 on October 12, 2020. The roadside investigation yielded approximately six pounds of marijuana edibles, packaged as candy. Information obtained from Brown’s co-defendant’s social media account showed that the co-defendant was advertising the items for sale. Both Brown and the co-defendant were armed with handguns, but there were no charges related to the handguns; the arrest report states that neither were convicted felons. Brown was released on his own recognizance with conditions of not using or possessing alcohol or drugs and not possessing a firearm, but the charges were dismissed in August after Brown pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial.

    • Obviously. Just like they release murderers, rapest and so on. Why are u acting so surprised?

  • Pathetic! Caught with drugs and loaded handguns guns just 6 months ago, but no charges.
    Now he’s caught again in possession of a gun and more drugs, and ignores the officer’s orders.
    He and his Mother should be thankful that the officer didn’t shoot him.
    So let’s give him another stern look and ask him to promise not to do this again!!

    • Maybe it’s an “equity” thing that they dropped
      The charges against him last time and let him out on his own
      Recognizance. —- What was his bail this time because
      He’s already been released?…did he have a bail or was he
      Released on his own recognizance again?? If they let
      Him out again without posting a bond, then this letting
      Them go because of “equity” ain’t working….What the
      Hell is the SA office doing? …this guy is a habitual drug
      Dealer, illegal gun carrying criminal now! How’s he
      Gonna learn to stop this criminal behavior and is this
      Acceptable now?

      • C’mon Sherman, tell the world who u work for… with an intriguing mind of an imbecile… but let me guess, The Bureau of justice statistics! (Rolls eyes)

        • Oh, that’s right… the C of G wants to invite felons to GNV and pay them a stipend to build back better! Let’s go Brandon!!!

  • He could go by sh-tty hall and see po-boy to line him up with counseling and felon income. As po has said many times, only a very small percentage of criminals are bad, the rest are victims of surroundings and circumstance. Maybe move in and keep his wife company now that the felon is out (city policy). Ever wonder why the worst criminals are drawn to city of Gainesville? There you have it: City Hall. They rarely leave either.

    • Wow, it’s one thing to form ur useless comment about a person u know at all. And then, u talk about his mom who is deceased. I can imagine how proud ur mom must be.

      • Got_me? No, we don’t…I missed where he talked about someone’s mom…please elaborate.

        If you’re implying Zak spoke about Poe’s mom he may have meant to. If she is who you are referring to as deceased, she’s probably rolled over in her grave with the idiotic decisions her son has made. I’m pretty confident she thought she raised him better than he has turned out.

        We’re in the United States of America, you can believe whatever you want…until liberal $oci@li$t$ take that away.

  • This is the problem with the local judicial system. SAO and judges dont give a rats ass. This is a POS in need of a jail cell. This Fairyland of a county is too soft on hard core criminals, period! Lock em up, let them sit. We dont need to be exposed to them on a daily basis!

    • Be careful what you wish for. He is a Newberry man. The utopia of Springs County is going to need high taxes to pay to jail all their gangstas for a long time.

      • I’m fine with it. I’d rather pay for the jail than the cost of his business selling potentially deadly narcotics and his chosen means of settling differences with his competitors.

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