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An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy who had a conversation with a man walking on Gap Creek Drive wearing a bulletproof vest overnight arrested the individual after finding sixty grams of narcotics in his possession.

The deputy had a consensual encounter with 39-year old Damien Kennedy of Fort Walton Beach around 11:45 Tuesday night. Kennedy told the deputy he was carrying an AR-15 style rifle in his green military laundry style bag and gave consent for him to search it.

A small clear plastic bag was found inside with numerous multicolored pills that Kennedy admitted were Ecstasy.

Kennedy said he was wearing the vest and had a disassembled rifle in his bag for his safety.

He is charged with trafficking in MDMA (F.S.S. 893.135 and possession of a bulletproof vest during certain offenses. (F.S.S. 775.0846.)