Convicted felon found with loaded handgun, drugs, police say


Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.

A convicted felon who has served time for robbery is behind bars again after a traffic stop revealed a loaded .357 Magnum revolver hidden under a cup holder, along with cocaine and marijuana.

Alderious J. White, 19, of 3220 SW 26th Way, Apt. B, in Gainesville, was stopped Thursday at 6:50 p.m. in the 4000 block of Southwest 23rd Street, the Gainesville Police Department reported, for running a stop sign and having an illegal tint job.

White told the officer who pulled him over he didn’t have a valid driver’s license, according to police, who noted he never had been issued a license. His Florida ID card also had numerous suspensions for failing to pay fines or appear on traffic summonses, police said.

White told the officer he had just smoked marijuana, police reported, and had marijuana remnants on his lap and on the floorboard and seat. The car also reeked of marijuana, according to the arrest report.

The officer searched the car and discovered the cup holder in the center console was loose. Underneath, he found a Ruger Blackhawk .357 Magnum that had been reported stolen, loaded with six hollow-point rounds, police said. Next to the handgun were a plastic bag containing 1.5 grams of crack cocaine, a small bag containing .1 grams of cocaine and two marijuana blunts still wet from being rolled, police reported.

After his arrest, White said he had bought the gun for $30 and kept it for protection. He also said he liked to put the powder and crack cocaine on his blunts before smoking them, police said.

White was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and cocaine, operating a vehicle without a license, and failure to appear.

He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $18,000 bond. He was convicted of robbery in May 2009 and served time in state prison, police reported.

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