Two men arrested, one for intent to sell drugs

Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:43 p.m.

Police arrested two Gainesville men Thursday night after they say the men broke into an apartment while trying to escape from police.

Dominick Isaiah Pace, 21, of 2510 NE Ninth St., Apt. 309, and Robert McCoy, 23, of 3190 SE 21st Ave., were walking on Northeast 18th Street at around 9:30 p.m. when they saw a police car and tried to gain entry into a Gardenia Gardens apartment on Northeast Eighth Avenue, a Gainesville Police Department report said.

When police stopped the two, officers said they smelled marijuana on the men and asked them for identification. Pace told police his name was Detray Harris, and McCoy told officers they were visiting a girl in the apartment they were trying to get into, the report said.

Police said that while they were speaking with the men, the homeowner opened her door and Pace sprinted inside her apartment. Police said Pace ran to the rear bedroom, where police followed him and tackled him, the report said.

Officials said Pace continued to squirm and ignore their commands, and at one point stuffed a plastic gallon-sized bag under a dresser. Police said they found 39 small bags filled with 36 grams of marijuana and seven small bags and one larger bag filled with 8.2 grams of powder cocaine, the report said.

Police said they also found Pace had $139, numerous empty plastic bags and two cellphones. As police were searching Pace, McCoy also entered the apartment, the report said. The homeowners said that they only knew McCoy, but that he was not there to visit them or allowed in their home.

Pace was charged with burglary, cocaine possession, marijuana possession with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, cocaine possession with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, drug equipment possession, resisting an officer, and impersonation, according to the report. McCoy was charged with a misdemeanor count of trespassing.

McCoy had been released from the Alachua County jail as of Friday afternoon. Pace was held at the jail in lieu of $84,000 bond.

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