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Newberry man arrested with concealed handgun, multiple drugs

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

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.

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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.

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