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Gang member arrested for marijuana and weapons charges in Gainesville

By on January 23rd, 2013

Gainesville Police arrested an admitted gang member for possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon, according to a GPD news release.

Officer Steven Sweeting pulled over Broderick Duffy, 22, after Duffy drove in multiple traffic lanes near 1300 NW 19th Lane. Sweeting smelled marijuana in Duffy’s vehicle, and he found a small amount in the passenger door handle, according to the release.

Duffy admitted that the marijuana was his, and that he had a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun in his pants pocket. He did not have a concealed weapons permit.

Ben Tobias, a GPD spokesman, said Duffy is a member of the Bloods, a gang recognized in Alachua County. He said authorities monitor the gang’s activity.

“Our special operations unit has a gang unit component that tracks these gang members and keeps a little bit closer eye on them,” Tobias said, “because we know who they are.”

The crimes Bloods commit in the Gainesville area usually include handling illegal narcotics and property crime, such as theft and robbery, Tobias said.

He advises people to remain alert and never put themselves in a situation in which they can’t call for help.

“Always know your surroundings,” Tobias said. “That’s important for anything.”


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