Twenty-Six year old Joshua Troy Imm, the son of Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy, has been arrested — along with three others, for actively participating in the sale of methamphetamine to undercover detectives.
Sheriff Hardy is known for heading up the investigation into the disappearance of Haleigh Cummings, which recently involved the arrest of Haleigh’s father Ronald Cummings, and ex-wife/girlfriend/last person to see Haleigh alive, Misty Croslin, along with three others for drug dealing. The same charges his son is facing.
Joshua Troy Imm, 26, Hardy’s son, and three others were arrested after selling drugs to undercover officers in the parking lot of the Sunoco Convenience Store at 276 Highway 17 South, in East Palatka. Detectives found the suspects also were manufacturing ethamphetamine at a second location in Palatka. They dismantled the lab. Imm was arrested and charged with the sale of methamphetamine, possession of listed chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a drug vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child neglect. His bond was set at just over $7,000.00. No word yet as to weather Sheriff Hardy will post the bond.
Hardy said he is saddened by the arrest of his son, but directed his detectives and correctional officers to treat his son in the same manner as any other individual charged with these crimes.
Statement from the Sheriff’s office:
This is a personal family matter, and Imm who is an adult, does not reside with the Sheriff. Sheriff Hardy will of course stand beside his son in regard to these allegations and will assist him as a family member in anyway possible. Sheriff Hardy has stated that he will not become involved in the criminal prosecution, and does not want his position to influence the State Attorney’s case. Sheriff Hardy is proud of the investigators who worked this case, and the fact that they didn’t allow his and Imm’s relationship influence the investigation.