Newberry man on probation arrested for drug possession


NEWBERRY, Fla. – Christopher Joshua Jackson, 35, was arrested last night and charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug equipment, and possession of marijuana. He was also arrested on a warrant for violating probation in a previous case.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper stopped Jackson at about 8:45 p.m. last night near the Circle K in Jonesville for having an inoperable front headlight. When the trooper made contact with Jackson, Jackson reportedly said he had just hit a deer. The trooper noted that Jackson seemed very nervous and was sweating profusely. The trooper received information from dispatch that Jackson was wanted on a warrant for violation of probation and placed him under arrest.

While conducting an inventory of Jackson’s vehicle, the trooper reportedly found marijuana, MDPV, a glass pipe that smelled like marijuana, a straw with white residue on it, and an open beer.

Jackson’s warrant was issued in October after his probation officer filed an affidavit stating that he had violated multiple terms of his probation, including failure to pay fines and fees and completing the Batterers’ Intervention Program. The probation was ordered after Jackson violated a no-contact order with a victim in a previous case.

Jackson has nine misdemeanor convictions; Judge Thomas Jaworski ordered him held without bond for violation of probation and set bond at $14,000 on the new charges.

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    • “Was” being the operative word.

      Violation of probation. All he had to do is keep his nose clean…pun intended. Gotta hate he’ll be spending time, watching time, on New Year’s Eve in a cell. Serves him right.

  • So is probation keeping him here? Is that why after 9 strikes he’s still in a welcoming college town? So law skool grads can pay off their own student loans faster?

    • Not for nothing, but the narrative about the law skool grads paying their loans is getting really old. Maybe you can have a new year’s resolution to get some new material for your responses?

  • Such a cry for help. Are you listening, local politicians? This man needs a job. He is the perfect candidate to be trained in knife skills at the much needed Springs County Slaughterhouse in Newberry.

    • You’re sharp…he doesn’t fit the profile. He’s white, from a rural community, wasn’t carrying a firearm, didn’t run & doesn’t have multiple felony convictions.
      Since the city recently passed new legislation regarding background checks, they have no reason not to hire him except for the aforementioned.

  • How many chances to you give someone? Obviously he can’t stay clean. Going to jailfor a while may be the best thing for him. Maybe he can get clean and work in Gainesville at City Hall or other city run place. No background check.

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