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Traffic stop leads to bust of meth cook house in Palatka

4 people arrested, charged with drug crimes

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – A traffic stop Saturday in East Palatka led to the arrest of a man and the bust of a house where methamphetamines were being produced.

The Putnam County Sheriff' Office said they stopped Christopher White, 44, for speeding and during the stop a K-9 officer alerted deputies to the presence of narcotics.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found a backpack containing a "one pot" methamphetamine cook, along with paraphernalia associated with the production of meth.

The Drug and Vice Unit began an investigation, which led them to a home at 112 Orange Avenue, where officials executed a search warrant and found a meth cook, approximately 10 grams of processed meth and numerous items of paraphernalia associated with the production of meth.

The occupants of the home were identified as James Rivers, 38, Jessica Allen, 38, and Harold Williams, 42.

Rivers was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. He remains in the Putnam County Jail on $3,835 bond.

Allen was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. She is being held on a bond of $5,000.

Williams was charged with production of methamphetamine. His bond was set at $5,000.

White, the driver in the initial traffic stop, 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 is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $43,000 bond.


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