Aug 12, 2016
Interlachen, FL; The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group executed a narcotics related search warrant this morning at 120 Melrose Avenue, in Interlachen. The Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit began an investigation of this home after area residents complained about suspected drug activity. During the two month undercover investigation, detectives purchased cocaine and narcotic pain killers from Antonio Passmore inside the home. Detectives determined that methamphetamine was also being manufactured inside the residence. While executing the search warrant, detectives recovered numerous items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Passmore, who has two previous felony convictions for narcotics violations, was arrested on active warrants for the sale of cocaine and the unlawful sale of narcotic medications. Passmore was booked into the Putnam County Jail, were he is being held on a bond of $50,000.00
Aug 2, 2016
Putnam County, FL: At approximately 10:30 PM on Monday (08/01/2016), the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting that deputies attempt to contact the resident at 115 Patrician Place in Satsuma, seventy-nine years old Annie Flowers. The caller stated that she had been unable to contact Flowers for approximately two weeks. When deputies arrived, they spoke with twenty years old Austin Steybe at the scene and learned that he lived at the address with Flowers, who is his grandmother. Steybe initially told deputies that he did not know where Flowers was at and stated that he had not heard from her in some time. Evidence at the home prompted the deputies to conduct a more thorough search of the scene. During that search, deputies located the body of a deceased adult female in the woods, approximately twenty yards from the home. PCSO Major Crimes Bureau Detectives and FDLE Crime Scene Units were dispatched to the scene. Based on evidence at the scene, it was determined that the manner of death was homicide.
After processing the crime scene and questioning Steybe, PCCO Detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Steybe with premeditated first-degree murder. Steybe is being held in the Putnam County Jail without bond. Detectives are waiting on DNA results to confirm the identity of the deceased. Detectives are waiting on DNA results to confirm the identity of the deceased. The 1997 blue Honda van belonging to Flowers has not been located. Detectives are asking anyone with any information about this case or the missing van to call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (386)329-0801
Aug 1, 2016
Putnam County, FL; The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit recently completed a four-month-long drug investigation dubbed “Operation Cool Breeze”. The operation was named after a local resident told detectives that the recent removal of drug dealers from her neighborhood felt like a “cool breeze of relief”. During the operation, undercover detectives purchased cocaine, Methamphetamine, Morphine and Hydromorphone from dealers in Palatka, Melrose, Interlachen and Hawthorne. The investigation, which began in March of 2016, ended last week when a total of fourteen suspects were charged with various drug sales. Six of the suspects nabbed in this operation are charged with the sale of narcotics within 1000 feet of a school, public park or public housing facility. One of the suspects, Ira Robertson, is already serving a state prison sentence for a previous drug dealing case. Putnam County Detectives have contacted the Florida Department of Corrections and requested a detainer be placed on Robertson. Of the fourteen suspects charged, eleven have been arrested. Anyone with information pertaining to the location of the three suspects remaining is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477. Callers can remain anonymous and may be entitled to a reward.
*Howard Smith was arrested in Clay County on Putnam County sale of methamphetamine and sale of morphine charges of. No booking photo is available
Jul 20, 2016
Putnam County, FL: This afternoon at approximately 4:20 PM, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Putnam County Fire / Rescue responded to a report of a pediatric drowning on Dunn Avenue in San Mateo. The Investigating deputies determined that the mother of the victim was preparing to depart the home with her four children when she remembered that she left something inside the house. The mother returned to the house, leaving the children in the yard for a very brief period. When the mother came back out of the house, she discovered that her two-year-old son was not in the location she left him. She immediately began searching for the child and located him in the above-ground pool unresponsive. The mother was able to quickly remove the child from the water and called 911. Upon hearing the commotion, a neighbor ran to assist. The mother remained on the phone with dispatchers while the neighbor performed CPR until deputies and paramedics arrived. The child was flown to University of Florida Health in Gainesville where he is reported to be in stable condition.
The investigation failed to uncover any evidence of neglect and no charges will be filed.
Jun 13, 2016
East Palatka, FL: On Saturday evening at approximately 7:30PM, PCSO Sgt. Daniel Taylor stopped a vehicle for unlawful speed on East River Road. Taylor also discovered that the wrong tag was displayed on the vehicle and identified Christopher White as the driver. During the course of the traffic stop, Deputy Emmett Merritt and his K-9 Partner “Tango” conducted a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle after “Tango” alerted to the presence of narcotics. The search revealed a back-pack containing a “one pot” Methamphetamine cook, along with multiple items of paraphernalia associated with the production of methamphetamine. The Meth Lab Response Unit responded to the traffic stop to render the mobile meth cook safe for collection. Detectives assigned to the Drug and Vice Unit also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. White was charged with production of Methamphetamine, trafficking in Methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals used in the production of Methamphetamine and possession, three counts of possession of Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. White remains in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $43,000.00.
The continuing investigation into the traffic stop revealed that Methamphetamine manufacture and use were taking place at the residence located at 112 Orange Avenue in East Palatka. Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for that home and at approximately 3:00AM the PCSO SWAT and Rifle Security Teams executed the warrant. The subsequent search revealed an additional Methamphetamine cook, approximately ten grams of processed Methamphetamine and numerous items of paraphernalia associated with the production of Methamphetamine. Detectives identified James Rivers, Jessica Allen and Harold Williams as the occupants of the home. Rivers was charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. Rivers remains incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on a bond of $3,835.00. Allen was charged with conspiracy to manufacture Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine. She is being held on a bond of $5,000.00. Williams was charged with production of Methamphetamine. His bond is also $5,000.00.
The Sheriff’s Drug and Vice Unit continues to investigate this case and additional arrests are expected.