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Task Force Dismantles Putnam County Gang

 
  

The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Tri-County Narcotics Task Force, the Palatka Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) today announce the arrest of three gang members following a two-year investigation into illegal narcotics distribution activities by the “23rd Street” gang.

 
According to investigators, the “23rd Street” gang members are alleged to have been involved in distributing large quantities of pharmaceutical pills (Roxicodone) on a monthly basis in the Putnam County area. These alleged activities are also believed to be the primary source of income for the organization.    


Alton Clark, 22, was charged with criminal racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, three counts of trafficking in Oxycodone and four counts of sale of a controlled substance. Devon Edwards, 24, was charged with criminal racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, six counts of trafficking in Oxycodone and three counts of sale of a controlled substance. Saquan Moore, 28, was charged with criminal racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering, two counts of trafficking in Oxycodone and one count of sale of a controlled substance. The three men comprised the leadership of the gang and are each being held on a bond of more than $2 million.
 
“This is the first Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) case in the history of the Palatka Police Department,” said Palatka Police Chief Gary Getchel. “On behalf of the City of Palatka and its citizens I would like to thank those agencies and their respective members responsible for the investigation and the successful apprehension of these gang members.”   
 
The Tri-County Narcotics Task Force is comprised of FDLE, the Putnam, St. Johns, and Flagler County Sheriff’s Offices, the Palatka Police Department, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 
 
The investigation is ongoing. Clark and Edwards were booked into the Broward County Jail, while Moore was booked into the Putnam County Jail.  The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit.
 
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith or Keith Kameg
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001