Deputies say auto repair business was selling meth

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – Clay County deputies acting on information that drugs were being sold out of an auto repair facility in Green Cove Springs searched the business Tuesday and found 12 grams of methamphetamines, used syringes, scales, pipes and other drug paraphernalia.

The manager, Peter Dellapenna, and a customer were arrested at the business, located on Roswell Road just off South Oakridge Avenue. Dellapenna, 56, was charged with sales and delivery of methamphetamine. A 34-year-old female customer was charged with two misdemeanor charges of possession.

Booking photo of Peter Dellapenna
Booking photo of Peter Dellapenna (Clay County Sheriff's Office)

According to the Sheriff’s Office, reports that drugs were being sold during business hours had come in over the past few months.

Last week News4jax spoke with Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels about battling drugs in Clay County. His agency has become known for plastering signs that read “You Had Options,” where they conduct raids for drugs. One such sign was left at this scene.

“We get the criminal intelligence from the walks that we go to," Daniels said. "And we get tips on instant messages anonymously. Sometimes people call in. We investigate everything to the fullest.”

The business was locked up Wednesday. The only signs evident were to “Keep Out.”

Robert Katibah lives nearby and feels Tuesday’s raid and arrests were needed.

“I was born and raised here,” Katibah said. "Being a property owner here, I can’t stand it.”

The business is in Governor’s Park, which is mostly rural. But zoning has already been approved to build new housing subdivisions that are expected to bring in more than 10,000 new residents in the coming years.

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