GPD: Felon found with gun; caught eating marijuana

Anthony Lee Ramsey was observed in a closed city park.

Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 12:19 a.m.

Gainesville police arrested a convicted felon suspected of eating marijuana, apparently to avoid being charged with possession.

Anthony Lee Ramsey, 24, of 1114 NE 25th Terrace, was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, destroying evidence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing in a closed city park.

Officer Daniel Abbott saw Ramsey inside a Mazda in the parking lot of T.B. McPherson City Park at 1717 SE 15th St. at 11:45 p.m. when the park was closed.

Abbott reported that he spotted a small plastic bag of marijuana inside the car, and while he was handcuffing Ramsey, Abbott said he noticed small pieces of marijuana stuck in Ramsey’s teeth and on his mouth.

A search of the Mazda turned up a .45-caliber pistol under the driver’s seat and a records search showed the gun had been reported stolen from a home in Marion County.

A check of Ramsey’s background turned up eight felony convictions, with the most recent about two years ago for larceny.

Ramsey was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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