Seven-Time Convicted Felon From Cantonment Arrested On Weapons And Drug Charges

February 23, 2021

A seven-time convicted felon from Cantonment is facing new weapons and drug charges.

James Lee Purifoy, Jr., age 28 of Robinson Street, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance (Xanax) with the intent to sell, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana. He was also arrested for violation of probation and on multiple outstanding warrants.

Deputies received a tip that Purifoy was inside a vehicle in the driveway of a home on Besma Drive. When he was detained, deputies said he had a bags of marijuana in his pocket and in the vehicle. Deputies also found loaded pistol in the vehicle, along with 13.5 grams of methamphetamine, 4.4 grams of cocaine, 458 Xanax pills, a scale and empty plastic bags, according to an arrest report.

Purifoy was also charged with failure to appear in court on charges including driving while license suspended, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, and possession of opium or derivative with intent to sell.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Purifoy is a seven-time convicted felon.

Purifoy remained in the Escambia County Jail without bond Tuesday morning.


26 Responses to “Seven-Time Convicted Felon From Cantonment Arrested On Weapons And Drug Charges”

  1. Keisha on February 25th, 2021 11:44 pm

    @sueb what race got to do with it white man killed two blk teenagers high on drugs on get 20 yrs for manslaughter he’ll be out in maybe 8.. @Fiddles yes he’s family..yes he’s a good guy.. And yes he broke the law 7x look like he had a good lawyer…

  2. ROBERT on February 25th, 2021 8:02 am

    Obviously this guy never learns his lesson after 7x. Lock him up and leave him there for a few years…Stop letting him out.

  3. brian on February 24th, 2021 3:21 pm

    We obviously need tougher gun laws. Oh yea, criminals don’t care about gun laws, or any other law.

  4. DDD on February 24th, 2021 9:40 am

    @Joe, Hey Joe, if you can do a better job at enforcing the law in Escambia County, have at it.

  5. JTV on February 24th, 2021 8:59 am

    @Shaking my head, laws are in place, the law gets them arrested, the lazy DAs and weak judges let them go. The arrests are there, the sentencing is not.

  6. Snoozzi on February 23rd, 2021 12:29 pm


  7. Shaking My Head on February 23rd, 2021 10:41 am

    So, if you want to get people like this off the street, you have to change the laws. Period.

  8. David Donaldson on February 23rd, 2021 10:31 am

    My question is just this: WHY is he out of prison and on the streets? He is a dealer of death even though he hasn’t been convicted of murder, but he he a happy contributor of poison which people are using to kill themselves with. The narcotics business is a vicious circle of death to people of all ages, and it, along with other problems, is ruining lives of those who should be the future and contributors to our great nation.

  9. Just Sayin on February 23rd, 2021 10:16 am

    That many felonies that many xanax sb in a pharmacy is helping distribute these out to him got to be

  10. Cj on February 23rd, 2021 10:16 am

    I thought Florida had a 3 strikes you are out rule? I guess drug crimes don’t count? Hey he had a gun I guess they will wait until he uses it

  11. WHY?? on February 23rd, 2021 9:53 am

    Why do they CONTINUE to release him after so many convictions???? Is someone on the take????

  12. Jill on February 23rd, 2021 9:31 am

    Seven? Our justice system is BROKEN! The government is the issue in all areas of life these days.

  13. Timothy Huggins on February 23rd, 2021 9:22 am


    This is exactly why when you vote and it says “should judge so and so be retained?”

    The answer is NO, NO, NO!

    Get these people off the bench!!

  14. SueB on February 23rd, 2021 8:59 am

    The judges should be held accountable. Giving a 2nd chance doesn’t work. It’s because this punk is of “color”, i.e, black?

  15. ROOT on February 23rd, 2021 8:45 am

    All the judges need to be locked up with them!

  16. D.rock on February 23rd, 2021 8:40 am

    What the heck happened? This man never should have been out on the streets. I don’t understand how folks can do all this bad,but still be able to get out of jail….

  17. tg on February 23rd, 2021 8:35 am

    Make it 8 turn him loose as usual.

  18. sam on February 23rd, 2021 8:32 am

    the system is broken. it works for the thugs, dopers and thieves. the people that follow the law are, as usual being ripped off by the system.

  19. Fiddles are playing on February 23rd, 2021 8:20 am

    “A seven-time convicted felon from Cantonment is facing new weapons and drug charges”

    (The family) …”our James is a good boy…. he just never got a break from the man”

  20. chris on February 23rd, 2021 7:55 am

    Gun laws in action. Awesome job they are doing!

  21. Joe on February 23rd, 2021 7:53 am

    GOOD LAW enforcement …. NOT

  22. DP on February 23rd, 2021 7:50 am

    This is absolutely pathetic. Most 1st and 2nd time felony offenders are offered deals because drug infested witnesses won’t show up or the witnesses lie and are never charged with perjury but SEVEN times. How about we put these seven felony cases on the table and review so we can see just who did what. Is the newly elected State Attorney going to address this??? Will a judge even be given the opportunity to say no comment??? If you live in Cantonment around this nasty low life thug trash you need to be concerned.

  23. DS on February 23rd, 2021 7:10 am

    It was my belief that a convicted felon if arrested again he is going to spend considerable time in prison. What happened here? 7 times and he was still walking the streets dealing this crap.

  24. Gun Control on February 23rd, 2021 6:56 am

    What happened to 3 strikes and “you’re out?” Clowns such as this will cause legal firearms owners to have to suffer the consequences incited by the anti-gun crowd.

  25. Justice on February 23rd, 2021 5:35 am

    Looks like he will be back on the street soon. The next headline will be “8 time convicted felon.” Come on man, put him away.

  26. Master Mechanic on February 23rd, 2021 2:57 am

    7 felony convictions……28 years old ????? Actions speak louder than words.

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