Over Five Thousand Dollars of Drugs Recovered after Foot Chase
East Palatka, FL: On August 12, 2014 at approximately 3:00 pm Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies were conducting narcotics enforcement patrols in the area of Putnam County Boulevard. Deputies noticed a suspicious white Ford Explorer in front of a residence known for past drug activity. As they approched the area the vehicle suddenly drove off. The vehicle then ran a stop sign causing the deputies to attempt a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as D’Juan Antonio Foster, drove into a yard on Youngs Lane, jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot carrying 2 large bags. As deputies engaged in a spirited foot chase through yards and over fences, they observed Foster throw the bags into the brush in two different areas. The foot pursuit ended when deputies Josue Garriga and Cole Glaser caught up to Foster and took him into custody.
When the deputies recovered the bags thrown by Foster and walked the path of the pursuit, they discovered that Foster had discarded 28 small bags containing a total of 23 grams of powder cocaine, a large bag containing 326 grams of marijuana, scales used for weighing narcotics and other paraphernalia associated with the sale and distribution of drugs . The recovered narcotics have a street value of between five and six thousand dollars. Sheriff Jeff Hardy said “This type of enforcement and intervention by our patrol deputies is effective in taking drugs and criminals off the streets of our County and is one of the reasons the County crime rate continues to decline”.
Foster was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a revoked driver’s license. Foster is being held in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $40,000.00