East Palatka Man Charged after Marijuana Growing Operation Found in Home

Mar 16, 2017

Peter Vammen East Palatka FL: On Wednesday March 15, 2017 detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit along with Officer’s assigned to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force went to 300 Michelle Avenue in East Palatka in response to an anonymous tip of an indoor marijuana grow. At the house contact was made with the homeowner, 60-year-old Peter James Vammen, who consented to a search of the residence. Inside, investigators discovered 99 marijuana plants growing in two separate rooms of the home. Processed marijuana and numerous items of paraphernalia were also discovered.

After being interviewed, Vammen was placed under arrest and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one felony count of producing marijuana, one misdemeanor count of the possession of marijuana and one misdemeanor count of the possession of drug equipment. Vammen is currently being held on a $3,500 bond. The street value of the marijuana confiscated is estimated to be $275,000.

Palatka Man Arrested is Facing Multiple Drug and Weapons Charges

Mar 14, 2017

Dexter Brown Palatka, FL: On March 9, 2017, Detectives with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit arrested thirty-five-year-old Dexter Cedrick Brown. Detectives went to Brown’s residence at 502 East Bay Street in furtherance of a drug investigation. During the investigation detectives seized a bag containing approximately six grams of crack cocaine, a loaded .45 caliber handgun, .45 caliber ammunition, .223 caliber ammunition and drug scales. Brown is a convicted felon, having previously been convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a housing project.

Because the residence in which the narcotics were found during this investigation is located within 1000 feet of the James A. Long Housing Complex, Brown was again charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a public housing complex. Brown was also charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Brown is currently incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on a $25,000.00 bond.

Carraway Area Missing Endangered Adult

Mar 2, 2017

James PriceUPDATE: Mr. Price has been located and is safe at home.

On Wednesday March 1, 2017 at approximately 8:30 pm, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was notified that 82-year-old James Aaron Price was missing. Price was last seen at approximately 5:00 pm in the Carraway area where he was walking East bound toward Palatka on the “Rails to Trails” bicycle path which parallels State Road 100. Price is a white male who has blue eyes and white hair, he is five feet tall and weighs 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a faded blue/green jacket and red hat. Price has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is considered to be endangered. Anyone who may have seen Price or have any information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0801.

Woman Hit by Gunfire in East Palatka

Feb 25, 2017

East Palatka FL: On Saturday February 25, 2017 at approximately 3:30 am, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies responded to the Kangaroo located at 241 South Hwy 17 in East Palatka in reference to the report of a person being shot. At the Kangaroo they made contact with a 29-year-old female victim who was suffering from a minor head wound. The injury occurred when a single shot was fired into her car from another vehicle as she were traveling South bound on State Road 207 approaching Hwy 17 in East Palatka. There was an adult female, an adult male and a one-year-old child in the vehicle with the victim at the time of the incident. No other injuries occurred. The suspected shooter has been described as a black male and the suspect vehicle as a dark or black SUV. The suspect vehicle was last seen North bound on Hwy 17.

The victim was transported to Orange Park Medical Center and was reported to be in stable condition. At this time the motive for the shooting remains unclear. Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives are actively investigating the incident.

Newly Formed Sex Offender Compliance Specialist is on the Road

Feb 24, 2017

Putnam County, FL: The monitoring of sex offenders is now more comprehensive in Putnam County through a reorganization of resources initiated by Sheriff Gator DeLoach. A newly formed Sex Offender Compliance Specialist position has been created in the PCSO Criminal Investigation Bureau. The position was created without an increase in the Sheriff’s Office budget by eliminating an existing executive assistant position.

Sexual Offender Compliance

The Sex Offender Compliance Specialist will work in conjunction with the current offender compliance program as a means of providing critical intelligence for investigators by assessing risk-related changes in offender’s behavior. The Sex Offender Compliance Specialist will also work closely with schools and child care facilities located near the homes of sex offenders and will be instrumental in providing additional community education. This will not be an end to the frequent visits to offender’s homes by deputies; this will be in addition to the monitoring efforts currently in place. It remains an important aspect of every deputy sheriff’s duties to closely monitor the offenders residing in their assigned zones. This ensures that deputies remain familiar with the offenders and provides for close scrutiny of offenders routines and actions. Florida Statute dictates how often sexual predators and offenders are checked for residency and other restriction compliance. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office currently doubles the state-mandated number of compliance verifications and the addition of the newly created Sex Offender Compliance Specialist will only serve to strengthen those efforts and place an additional level of security between the citizens of Putnam County and sex offenders.

Sheriff Gator DeLoach said, “We refuse to allow Putnam County to become a safe haven for sexual offenders and predators. While we can’t control in which county they choose to live, we can certainly make Putnam County as inhospitable as possible for them.”

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