Putnam County FL: On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at approximately 12:30 pm deputies responded to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office parking lot located at 130 Orie Griffin Blvd. Palatka, Florida in reference to a possible child abuse complaint. On their arrival, they met with a 17-year-old female victim who advised her mother had burned her with a cigarette. Further investigation of this alleged incident proved it to be a false accusation made up by the juvenile so that she could go and live with her father. However, during the course of the investigation, allegations were also made that her mother’s live-in boyfriend, 51-year-old Raymond Dale Streets, had drugs in their home which he had collected as “evidence” through his job as a Putnam County School District Police Department Officer. The complainant presented photographic evidence of the drugs within the home. A search warrant was obtained for the residence located in Bardin and was executed by detectives from The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Drug and Vice Unit later that same afternoon.
During the execution of the search warrant, drugs were discovered in the residence. Those drugs were later identified as medications which had been collected to be turned in by Streets for destruction at the end of the 2014 school year. Some of the found medications were narcotic controlled substances. After Streets was interviewed by detectives, the Sheriff’s Office forwarded a complaint affidavit, detailing the below charges, to the State Attorney’s Office for their review.
One count of grand theft
One count of possession of a controlled substance
One count of failure to perform a duty required by an Officer
Streets and has since resigned his position.
Sheriff Gator DeLoach and School Board Superintendent Rick Surrency worked together very closely during the course of this investigation. Both reiterated their belief that law enforcement officers, must and shall, be held to the highest possible standards and the misuse of authority is unconscionable and will not be tolerated.