@White=[C] DTF arrests 4 in 3 trafficking incidents
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Aug 31, 2012 | 1722 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Three separate incidents of drug trafficking resulted in four arrests and the seizure of more than 140 grams of methamphetamine with a street value topping $14,000 for the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force.

According to a DTF release, on Tuesday a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Elgin Jamun Baldwin, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for simple battery.

During the stop, the task force was called in; a K9 unit arrived on scene and conducted an exterior, open-air search of the vehicle, alerting on the vehicle.

In their search of the vehicle, agents from the DTF located more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, a Glock pistol and approximately $12,000.

Baldwin was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and simple battery.

On Wednesday, a BCSO stopped a vehicle driven by Damon Phillip Barge and passenger Lauren Ashlea Craven. Again, the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force was called for assistance, and during the investigation, officers seized about 115 grams of methamphetamine and approximately $4,000 in a hidden compartment in the vehicle.

Barge and Craven were each charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

During the execution of a search warrant at 9 Mull St. Thursday, DTF agents arrested Cedric Antonio McClendon and charged him with trafficking in cocaine and parole violation.

Man threatened with messages on window, car

A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a criminal trespass call at 1340 Ga. Highway 293 Wednesday night.

The victim said he heard someone knocking on the wooden plank under his son’s bedroom window around 11:30 p.m. He walked outside and saw the words, “Don’t think it’s over. Still watching you,” written in marker on a piece of rubber covering the upper part of the window.

According to the report, the victim said he heard footsteps coming from somewhere in the wood line, but he did not find anyone.

On Aug. 27, someone had written “I will be back, just wait” on the side of his car. The rear passenger window had been broken as well. The victim believes the same person is responsible for both incidents.

Although the deputy checked the area, he did not find anyone.