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School board member’s son arrested for drug possession, unlicensed concealed firearm – Alachua Chronicle
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School board member’s son arrested for drug possession, unlicensed concealed firearm

Mark H McGraw II

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to an arrest report from Gainesville Police Department (GPD), Mark H McGraw II, the son of School Board Member Diyonne McGraw, was arrested on April 17 for possession of cannabis and carrying a concealed firearm without a license.

The arrest report states that GPD conducted a traffic stop on McGraw’s vehicle for failure to stop at a stop sign at 100 NW 1st Ave. Once the officer made contact with McGraw, he smelled “a strong odor of cannabis emanating from the vehicle.” McGraw was asked if he had any cannabis inside the vehicle, and he said that he did. The officer reported that McGraw “was extremely nervous and was sweating profusely.”

McGraw was asked to exit the vehicle, and as he exited, the officer removed a Gucci men’s bag that was across McGraw’s chest. Inside the bag, the officer found a Glock 19, loaded with 14 rounds in the magazine and with a round chambered, “readily accessible” to McGraw. The gun was later found to be reported stolen in Tallahassee. McGraw “spontaneously advised that he had the gun for his protection.”

The officer also located a clear bag containing 10.8 grams of cannabis. McGraw was released on his own recognizance on the charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and posted $5000 bond on the charge of carrying an unlicensed concealed firearm.

Diyonne McGraw has not responded to a request for comment.

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