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“Operation Gator Bait” Nets Arrests Across the County

May 3, 2017

Putnam County, FL: The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit took to the streets before dawn today to serve arrest warrants on sixteen drug dealers. The warrants were issued following a four month undercover investigation by the Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit. During the investigation, undercover detectives purchased cocaine, opiates, methamphetamine or heroin from the suspects. The investigation spanned the entire county, from Crescent City to Melrose, with a focus on the Pomona Park area. Eleven of the suspects have been arrested and deputies are continuing to search for the remaining five. One of the remaining suspects, Blake Jackson, is the same suspect currently wanted by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office as a person of interest in a homicide investigation. The 7TH Circuit State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tri-County Drug Task Force participated in the investigation. Sheriff Gator DeLoach said, “These sixteen drug dealers are the part of the scourge of Putnam County. If you sell drugs, learn from their lesson or we are coming to get you!”

As a result the following subjects have been charged / arrested:

1.Kaitlyn Norris (White / Female, 24)

  • Warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Warrant for Possession of Ammo By Convicted Felon
  • Warrant for Possession of Listed Chemicals
  • Warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

2.Christopher Currie (White / Male, 45)

  • Warrant for Cultivation of Cannabis

3.Priscilla Parker (White / Female, 52)

  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance

4.Michael Wheaton (White / Male, 52)

  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance

5.Willie Simmons (Black / Male, 40)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

6.Carlos Simmons (Black / Male, 32)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Substance

7.Daniel Arlon Holder (White / Male, 29)

  • Warrant for Sale of Methamphetamine

8.Pervis Golden (Black / Male,

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine
  • Warrant for Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance

9.Stephen Charles Sobotta (White / Male, 32)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

10.Amber Clymer (White / Female, 27)

  • Warrant for Sale of Methamphetamine

11.Clifton Williams III (Black / Male, 30)

  • Warrant for Sale of Cocaine

Five Still have Outstanding Warrants

1.Vincent Mitchell (Black / Male, 47)

2.Andre Hill (Black / Male, 35)

3.Blake Jackson (Black / Male, 21)

4.John Pollock (Black / Male, 27)

5.Edward Williams (Black / Male, 25)

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