Gainesville felon accused of having AR-15, AK-47 and drugs in car after honking at police

Rance Shannon. Alachua County Jail.

A convicted felon learned this morning that it's probably best not to lay on the horn at police officers working a crash, especially if you have jars of drugs and multiple guns, including an AR-15 and AK-47, inside your car.

Gainesville Police on Wednesday charged 27-year-old Rance Shannon with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count each of possession with intent to sell, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and other drug possession charges.

Police say they were investigating a crash at 2:35 a.m. at 1700 West University Ave. when Shannon pulled behind four marked patrol vehicles, all of which had their lights activated, and laid on his horn.

An officer approached Shannon's vehicle and smelled a strong odor of marijuana, police say. They say he was belligerent and appeared to be impaired.

Officers say they found a loaded, 9 mm magazine and about $10,400 in his waistband. They say the pistol was within reach on the passenger seat.

On the floor in front of the passenger seat, police say they also found an AR-15 and five quart mason jars full of marijuana, a jar of Hash Resin, about 94.5 grams of cocaine, 11.6 grams of amphetamine powder, 16 Xanax pills and an Oxycodone pill. They say they found four more handguns and an AK-47 in the trunk, along with a baseball bat, bolt cutters and gloves.

Shannon is being held at the Alachua County Jail. His bond has not yet been set.

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