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Alligator Staff

Two Hawthorne men were arrested after police found drugs and three guns, one stolen, in their car, Gainesville Police said.

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Earnest Lee Sheffield Jr.

Earnest Lee Sheffield Jr. 

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Tabaree Jakeem Lewis

Tabaree Jakeem Lewis

Earnest Lee Sheffield Jr., 38, and Tabaree Jakeem Lewis, 32, were pulled over by police after midnight Thursday near the intersection of Southeast Hawthorne Road and East University Avenue in a silver Mazda SUV for an improper right turn and overly tinted windows, according to an arrest report. Police saw a marijuana cigarette next to Lewis and asked both men to step outside.

Sheffield, the driver, ran from officers and pulled his arms to the middle of his chest to resist being handcuffed, according to the report. Police caught and restrained him, later finding he didn’t have a driver’s license.

Police found 19.3 grams of cocaine in small baggies, 34 oxycodone pills, 10 rocks of crack cocaine, one temazepam pill and three ecstasy pills in the car, according to the report. Officers also found three guns, a 0.380-caliber Ruger LCP handgun and 0.410-caliber Taurus Judge revolver, each loaded with five rounds of ammunition, and a 0.380-caliber Hi-Point handgun. They also found $830 on Sheffield, according to the report.

The Ruger LCP handgun was reported stolen in Gainesville, police said.

Sheffield was arrested on 19 charges, including two counts of possession of a concealed firearm by a convicted felon and four counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Lewis was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, carrying a concealed and unlicensed firearm and possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon.

Sheffield and Lewis were taken to the Alachua County Jail where they remain, as of press time, in lieu of $124,000 and $32,000 bonds, respectively.

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Robert Lewis, a UF journalism sophomore, covers the crime beat for the Alligator. He enjoys spending time with family and friends in his hometown of Miami, Florida. Robert has not let his dream of being funny die, though several friends have urged him to.