Cocaine, MDMA found during sheriff’s office raid

Four arrests were made after the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Friday searched a house authorities said was well known for drug sales.

According to the sheriff’s office, the following people were arrested:

– Kea’shae Simmons – possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a place of worship and possession of MDMA with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.

– JohnBrooks Smith – possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a place of worship and possession of MDMA with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.

– Kyesha Stewart – trafficking MDMA and maintaining dwelling known for trafficking narcotics.

– Ta’naya Williams – possession of cannabis over 20 grams and tampering with evidence.

Deputies executed the search warrant at 206 W. Palmetto St. in Palatka at about 3 p.m. Authorities said they found MDMA and crack and powder cocaine.

Numerous people were found inside the house. Investigators questioned everyone on the scene before making arrests. 

Money was also found at the scene, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether the money came from drug sales.

Two cars parked in the backyard of the property were also searched. Authorities said cocaine was found in at least one of the vehicles.

Neighbors, many taking photos and video, stood outside the yellow tape while deputies continued searching the house. 

Despite some tension between deputies and family members of the detained individuals, there were no altercations between law enforcement and the community, spokeswoman Allison Waters-Merritt said.

The sheriff’s office couldn’t immediately provide the amounts found at the scene, but the bust dealt a blow to “one of the largest houses for the sale of MDMA in the Palatka area,” Col. Joe Wells said. 

The house, which deputies have been investigating for at least three months, has been the subject of numerous past investigations, Wells said. It also may be connected to a robbery suspect who frequents the house, he added.

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