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Undercover Putnam County drug operation nets 9 arrests

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Updated: 12/14/2013 6:12 pm
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Putnam County Deputies say they have identified 16 suspected drug dealers, as part of a multi-agency investigation.

According to a media release, at least nine of the suspects have been arrested-the majority during an operation at the Budget Inn in Palatka on Thursday.

Detectives say they targeted the area around the motel because it had become a hotbed for drug dealers.

One of the suspects arrested at the motel was identified as Kelly Hardyman.

Investigators tell Action News that Hardyman was the manager at the motel and sold narcotics to undercover detectives.

Around half a dozen suspects remain at large in Putnam County.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the remaining suspects is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).You may remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward.
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