Reddick man charged with six felonies after traffic stop on Archer Road

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Richard Allen Perez, 43, of Reddick, was arrested last night and charged with six felonies and three misdemeanors after a traffic stop on Archer Road.

At about 11:15 p.m. last night, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling east on Archer Road with an expired temporary tag. The driver reportedly made a U-turn and pulled into the Wawa parking lot, then drove through the parking lot before abruptly pulling into a parking spot.

The deputy identified the driver and sole occupant as Perez and arrested him on a warrant out of Alachua County for failure to appear on a charge of driving without a valid driver’s license. A search incident to arrest reportedly produced a marijuana blunt tucked into Perez’s hat, and deputies reported that marijuana could be seen in plain view in the driver’s door pocket of the vehicle.

A probable cause search of the vehicle reportedly produced a used methamphetamine pipe, 29.5 grams of cocaine, 13.1 grams of methamphetamine, 42.1 grams of MDPV, 22 grams of fentanyl, and 26 grams of marijuana. The cocaine and methamphetamine were reportedly pre-packaged in small bags.

Perez has been charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of trafficking quantities of fentanyl, possession of drugs with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store, possession of trafficking quantities of cocaine, possession of trafficking quantities of phenethylamines, possession of drug equipment, driving without a valid license, and failure to obey a law enforcement officer.

Perez has 14 felony convictions (none violent) and 13 misdemeanor convictions (none violent). He served an 18-month sentence in state prison for cocaine possession in a Broward County case. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $841,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Gosh golly gee, what inspired him to come here AND visit one of our wonderful Wawas?

  • So…..
    Now your options are very limited. You may turn states evidence, for a lesser sentence, or take the conviction, or go to trial. The pursuing deputy has all this on camera. And, chances are, a sharpie marker just didn’t do it on that temporary paper tag.

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