Pomona Park man arrested in tri-county task force investigation

A well-known drug offender was arrested in Pomona Park last week on meth trafficking charges following a two-month investigation by the Tri-County Narcotics Task Force, authorities confirmed Thursday.

James Ryan Rivers, 40, was charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, two counts of possessing a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony and possession of methamphetamine.

The task force, overseen by the state Department of Law Enforcement, is made up of 

officers from Palatka; Putnam, St. Johns and Flagler counties; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and the Department of Homeland Security.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, which served the FDLE warrant issued against Rivers, arrested the suspect at his East Main Street Home. The amount of drugs seized at the scene is unclear as of Thursday.

According to county jail records, Rivers has been in and out of jail since at least 2012, mostly on charges related to meth trafficking.  He spent nine months in the county jail between 2016 and 2017 for the possession and sale of meth, third- and second-degree felonies, respectively.

Most recently, Rivers was arrested March 16 for meth possession and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was released on bond later that evening.

Currently, he’s being held on a $108,000 bond.

Palatka Daily News

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