Police: Man writing song about 'drug dealing' arrested -- for drug dealing

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.

A would-be musician who was working on a song about “drug dealing” while sitting with another man in front of a residence in southwest Gainesville was arrested early Monday, along with the other man, after police determined the song was autobiographical -- and its inspiration close at hand.

Nyron D. Jenkins, 21, and Dario M. Veale, also 21, were sitting in front of Veale's home, located at 1921 SW 14th Terrace, when a Gainesville Police Department officer approached them at around 1 a.m. The officer reported that he could immediately smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the men and that a glass bong was sitting between them.

The officer then searched the men and found a calculator in Jenkins' pants pocket and $175 in various denominations in Veale's pockets, police reported. Another officer found two marijuana blunts next to the men that still smelled of freshly burned marijuana, police said.

Additional searches of the area within arm's reach of the men turned up a small pill bottle with 20 to 25 rocks of crack cocaine, weighing about 4.5 grams, police said. Next to the men was also a luggage bag containing a pill bottle with seven to eight larger rocks of crack cocaine weighing about 1.1 grams, according to police.

Also inside the bag was a paper book, notebooks and music CDs. Jenkins told police he had been writing music lyrics in the paper book. The first line of the lyrics mentioned “drug dealing,” police said.

Both men were arrested and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of cocaine with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were booked into the Alachua County jail, where both remained Monday in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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