The DTF arrested several people on a variety of charges, each stemming from traffic stops.
“There were six arrests, all drug-related arrests anywhere from possession of marijuana with intent to distribute to trafficking in methamphetamines, possession of firearms by convicted felons, possession of firearms during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana within a thousand feet of a school,” said BC-DTF Assistant Commander Lt. Leslie Cheek.
During a road checkpoint in the southern portion of the county, agents were called to assist the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office.
“The first case stemmed from a safety check. ... They were running a safety check in the Acworth [area] down off Tanyard Creek and Groover’s Landing,” Cheek said. “We received a phone call; they had two subjects in custody. During the investigation, there was approximately 25 grams of methamphetamine, scales, a weapon and approximately $3,000 in cash and an intent to distribute amount of marijuana, half an ounce to maybe a little more.”
According to a press release, the cash is believed to be proceeds from drug sales.
“Later on in the evening, during the parade, during a traffic stop made by the K-9 unit assigned to the drug task force ... and the person who assists him who is assigned from the uniform division to our unit ... made two traffic stops on vehicles they saw all over the road,” Cheek said.
The two agents called in the task force to assist during the stops.
“During that investigation, approximately 4 grams of methamphetamines were seized, six guns — anywhere from hand pistols to Derringers to a ... pistol-grip shotgun,” Cheek said. “There was, once again, a little over a half an ounce of marijuana, baggies, everything, repackaging, scales and approximately $5,000 cash between the two vehicles.”
Cheek said the agency’s canine was used in each of the stops.
Roughly 20 to 25 percent of the DTF’s overall arrests stem from a traffic stop, Cheek said, when asked to estimate the number of arrests coming from road stops.
“Of course with the sheriff’s department and police department both being down here, anytime they get anything they feel like the drug task force needs to get involved in they give us a call. But, also on most of those safety checks — just for manpower purposes — if we have people available, we send them down there to assist on those safety checks,” he added.
The investigation into Thursday’s incidents is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
Those arrested were:
• William Clay Hicks, 44, of 1045 Wayside Road, Rome, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and expired driver’s license.
• Freddy Orengo Oliveras, 29, of 1955 Bells Ferry Road, Marietta, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent within 1,000 feet of school property and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
• Eric Eugene House, 35, of 133 Douglas St., Cartersville, charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent within 1,000 feet of school property, possession of methamphetamine by inmate across the guardlines, possession of a firearm during the commission of felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felony.
• Jeovany Perez, 26, of 701 Downsby Lane, Woodstock, charged with party to a crime of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of firearm during the commission of a felony.
• Alejandro Benitez, 23, of 701 Downsby Lane, Woodstock, charged with party to a crime of trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.