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Jamaican arrested for drugs, weapon in Gainesville

Jamaica Observer

Monday, November 21, 2011 | 4:33 PM    

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A Jamaican man has been arrested by police in Gainesville, Florida for drugs and weapons offenses.

He has been identified as Winston Lee McKenzie, 47, also called Mackey.

The cops were working off an anonymous tip about someone named 'Mackey' selling large amounts of marijuana, he is being held without bond and the police said he was in the country illegally after being deported several years ago.

McKenzie is facing charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; possession of marijuana with intent to sell; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting arrest; and giving police false identification.

The cops report that they came in contact with McKenzie on Saturday in the parking lot of a Winn-Dixie supermarket.

They did not realize the man they spoke to in the parking lot was McKenzie because he provided them a Georgia identification card in another name. The cops said they later realised the card was a fake.

The officers spotted the man a second time around 5:25 pm while he was driving in the 300 block of Southwest 16th Avenue. He reportedly got out of his car and ran but was caught a short distance away and identified as McKenzie.

During a search of his apartment, officers said they found a quantity of marijuana and a Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun that had been reported stolen.

Federal records show McKenzie was convicted on drug charges several years ago and served time in federal prison. Immediately after his release, McKenzie was deported to Jamaica.

He is being held at the Alachua County jail.

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