4 arrested in Putnam County meth bust

By Francine Frazier - Senior web editor
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Putnam County booking photos of (left to right) Kenneth Woods, Bobby Wise, Christy Beasley and Karen Biddle

PALATKA, Fla. - Four Palatka residents were arrested Friday in a Putnam County Sheriff's Office raid on a meth lab.

The four arrested were 34-year-old Kenneth Wood, 31-year-old Bobby P. Wise, 34-year-old Christy Beasley and 29-year-old Karen Biddle (pictured left to right, below).

Wise, Beasley and Biddle were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and are being held on $1,508 bonds. Wood was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation and was being held without bond.

Deputies executed a narcotics related search warrant at 173 Lettie Lane in Palatka at about 8:30 a.m. Friday. An undercover investigation had confirmed methamphetamine was being manufactured and sold from the residence, according to police.

A surveillance team confirmed all children waiting at area bus stops had boarded their buses and were longer in the area before deputies surrounded the house and began ordering the occupants to come out. After all occupants were out of the home, a search revealed a small amount of processed methamphetamine and several paraphernalia items associated with the use and manufacture of the drug, according to police.

No children were present in the home when the search warrant was served but there was evidence that a child lives in the home, so the Florida Department of Children and Family Services was notified.

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