Deputies: 'Significant distributor' of cocaine arrested

Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Cleophus Matthews

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A long-term undercover investigation into the distribution of narcotics in the West Putnam Area identified Cleophus Matthews as a "significant distributor" of cocaine in that area, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Matthews was arrested Thursday in Hawthorne on conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.

He is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Deputies said Matthews was considered a major supplier of cocaine in West Putnam, and they said his arrest is a significant event in the fight against illegal drug sales in the county.