"I wouldn't be surprised if you don't see her at all in the cameras, because she's upset," said Simone Johnson, a friend of Meeks' wife, told CBS13. "She's furious. Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it's funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things."
He told the news station that he spent years in prison for grand theft and that the teardrop tattoo on his cheekbone was for "doing some things in his past he is not proud of."
He attracted worldwide media attention Thursday after his booking photo was posted on the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page in connection with a law enforcement operation.
The Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page soon went viral, garnering nearly 50,000 “likes,” 14,700 comments and more than 5,400 shares by that Friday morning.
The San Joaquin County district attorney's office detailed the circumstances under which the Internet sensation was arrested: Meeks was stopped by Stockton police about 6:30 a.m. Thursday after he and others were seen leaving a home where a search warrant was about to be executed. Meeks was the driver of a car with two passengers. One of them, 23-year-old Terry Bailey, is on probation and is facing similar charges.
Prosecutors allege that when officers searched the car, they found a 9-mm round and a loaded semiautomatic handgun, along with two extended magazines for the gun, according to the San Joaquin County district attorney's office.
Meeks' mother, Katherine Angier, has set up a fundraising page, partly to dispel what she says are stereotypes about her son, and partly to raise $25,000 for his legal defense.
"He's my son and he is so sweet," she said on the "Free Jeremy" page. "Please help him to get a fair trial or else he'll be railroaded."
"He's too fine to be a criminal. I got $10 on his bail," one woman wrote.