Trio Arrested in Interlachen Charged with Methamphetamine Trafficking

May 28, 2015

Interlachen, FL: On Wednesday afternoon, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit executed a narcotics related search warrant at 155 Sioux Avenue. The warrant was issued after undercover detectives detmined the residents of this home were in possession of the needed chemicals and tools used in the manafacture of methamphetamine.

Detectives arrived at the home just after 5:00 PM and immediately located Sullivan in the master bathroom preparing to inject methamphetamine. Once the occupants of the home were secured, detectives began the search of the residence and quickly located an active methamphetamine cook. Due to the explosive nature of the cook and the noxious fumes produced by the involved chemicals, detectives were forced to stop the search until members of the Sheriff’s Meth Lab Response Team could neutralize the actve cook. Once the residence was made safe, the detectives continued their search. In addition to the active cook, detectives located processed methamphetamine, various chemicals and items used in the production of methamphetamine and various items of drug parpahernalia.

The occupants of the residence were identified as Jonathan Stephens, Chad Sullivan and Rebecca Mayben. Stephens, who is on drug offender probation, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and violation of probation. Sullivan and Mayben were charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. All three are currently in the Putnam County Jail with no bond.

Detectives also located three children inside the home. Two of the children reside at the residence and one was visiting. The children were released to family members and the Florida Department of Children and Family Services was notified.

Jonathan Stephens, Rebecca Mayben, and Chad Sullivan

Public's Help Sought after Bullets Hit Car

May 27, 2015

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help today in solving a shooting investigation that began Monday evening (05/25/15). According to a report by Deputy Kagen Butts, a 47 years old Palatka woman was driving her car in the area of U.S. 17 and East Oak Street, north of Palatka at about 6:00 p.m., when she heard several popping sounds and the rear window of her car shattered. The victim immediately fled from the area and notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Butts’ initial investigation determined that the victim’s car had numerous holes in the rear that appeared to be made by bullets. Deputy Butts was also able to recover one bullet from the rear of the vehicle. The victim was not injured during the incident.

A follow up investigation by Detective Ricky Jones indicated that the shooting was random in nature and not specifically at the Palatka woman. At this point no suspects have been identified. Anyone with any information regarding any gun shots in the area of U.S. 17 and East Oak Street are asked to contact Detective David Sanders at (386) 326-2702, or if they wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS(8477).

Undercover Drug Investigation Culminates with Arrest at Palatka Senior Apartment Complex

May 26, 2015

Rantrell Madison Palatka, FL: A Miami-Dade County man was arrested by Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies after he delivered approximately $8,000.00 worth of herion and crack cocaine to Putnam County on Saturday. Thirty-Five year old Rantrell Madison of Opa Locka Florida became the subject of a month long undercover investigation after Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Detectives determined that he was responsible for delivering various narcotics to Putnam County. After determining that Madison was scheduled to make a large delivery of heroin and cocaine on Saturday, Drug and Vice Detectives assisted by members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team moved in. Deputies located Madison sitting in this vehicle at the Annie Spells Senior Apartments in the 3300 block of Crill Avenue in Palatka. As law enforcment officers moved in, Madison exited the vehicle and fled into an apartment where he was taken into custody without further incident. A search of Madison’s vehicle revealed a candy box containing approximately forty grams of crack cocaine, twenty grams of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.

Madison was charged with trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in heroin and possession of marijuana. Madison was booked into the county jail and later released on a bond of $30,512.00.

Convenience Store Robbery Suspect Identified

May 20, 2015

Tyrone Jenkins

At about 3:45 p.m. Friday afternoon (05/15/15) an armed robbery was reported at the Kangaroo convenience store at US 17 and West River Road north of Palatka. The clerk reported that a black male wearing overalls, a blue shirt and a green hard hat walked into the store and demanded money from the cash drawer. According to the clerk the suspects kept his hand in his pocket indicating he was armed, but did not display a weapon. After taking the money from the register, the suspect got into a small blue SUV and drove away. The clerk was not harmed.

A few minutes after the responding deputies arrived at the robbery scene, a citizen called the Sheriff’s Office reporting a blue Jeep SUV driving recklessly on Beech Street just north of Palatka. Additional officers responded and found a blue 2006 Jeep abandoned along the railroad tracks by the Old Jacksonville Highway. Following the recovery of the Jeep, detectives contacted the registered owner who told them that his grandson, 38 years old Tyrone Demond Jenkins, had been driving the SUV. Detectives also were able to recover photos of the robber from the store video system, and Jenkins’ grandfather positively identified the suspect as his grandson.

The case was assigned to Detective Lynn Nicely, who through his investigation was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Jenkins charging him with robbery. His bond has been set at $150,004.00. At present Jenkins has not been located and arrested.

Detectives Seek Information Related to Murder Investigation

May 20, 2015

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from anyone who may have information regarding an active murder investigation that took place in San Mateo. Detective Nicole Thomas has been leading the investigation since the night of January 18, 2015, when Thomas Joseph Wall II was found murdered at his home on Landmark Avenue in San Mateo. At the time of the discovery, teams from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Unit all descended on the murder scene.

Detective Thomas is assigned as case agent and has continued the investigation. She has followed all available leads, and has chased down many tips received in the case. However, the closure of this case has remained allusive. Thomas Wall was known as a family man who left behind a wife and two small children. He was well thought of in the community and was a caring baseball coach.

In an effort to bring closure to this case, as well as to Thomas Wall’s grieving family, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone who might have any information regarding this case to contact Detective Nicole Thomas at (386) 329-0831 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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