4 arrested after drug raid in Interlachen, deputies say

Putnam County undercover investigation took 5 months


INTERLACHEN, Fla. – A five-month undercover drug investigation led to four arrests after a raid Tuesday morning in Interlachen, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The raid at a home on Geneve Street came after undercover detectives purchased narcotic medications from Howard Smith, who lives at the home, deputies said.

Smith, 43, was charged with the sale and distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance and the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Patrick Parler, 56, and William Shannon, 60, were each charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Parler had a .22-caliber handgun on him, and Shannon had two shotguns when SWAT and Rifle Security Teams raided the home, deputies said.

John Bishop, 34, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies said a search of the home uncovered a recently expended methamphetamine cooking device, narcotic medications, various chemicals and items used to produce and ingest narcotics, and three firearms.

Putnam County Animal Control Officers assisted with aggressive dogs found on the property.  Two aggressive dogs were tranquilized and handed over to Animal Control.