Bunnell, FL – A Palm Coast man who Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) says was trying to deal heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs, was arrested in Bunnell after being caught with several drugs in his pockets less than 1,000 feet from a park.
34-year-old Joseph Christopher Colon, from Palm Coast, was spotted driving down U.S. 1 by an off-duty deputy who was familiar with him at about 12:30 PM on Monday. The deputy knew that Colon’s driver’s license was revoked, and he called upon an on-duty deputy to perform a traffic stop and arrest Colon for driving without a license, according to FCSO.
Deputies caught up to Colon at Frazier’s Mini Storage in Bunnell, less than 1,000 feet from Joanna B. King Park, and they took him into custody without incident. During a search, deputies found a large plastic bag with several smaller baggies inside that contained a tan granular substance. That substance tested positive for heroin and fentanyl. Cocaine was also found inside the bag. Colon had a metal container on him that contained a large quantity of prescription tablets including oxycodone, alprazolam, and a trafficking amount of hydromorphone, says FCSO.
A K-9 Unit conducted a sniff of Colon’s vehicle to search for drugs, and the K-9 immediately indicated that drugs were present in the vehicle. That car was towed to the evidence garage until a search warrant could be obtained. More charges could surface, depending on the outcome of a vehicle search warrant. Colon’s arrest history, ranging from DUI to sale of a controlled substance, dates back to 2008 in Flagler County.
Colon was charged on Monday with trafficking in hydromorphone, possession of heroin with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public park, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public park, possession of alprazolam with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a public park, possession of oxycodone, and driving while license suspended or revoked. He was held on $131,000.00 bond.
“This dealer was out and ready to sell poison. He already had baggies ready to sell to the next person who wanted to get high,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Thankfully our off-duty deputy recognized him and alerted us so that we could get him off the streets. We will not sit back and watch this epidemic continue while poison peddlers kill people.”
(Colon’s mugshot courtesy Flagler County Jail)
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