The 12-person agency arrested 50 people from July 30, wrapping up a “phenomenal” — as one agent called it — two weeks Friday afternoon with the serving of a search warrant off Sugar Valley Road.
An incomplete list of numbers from the agency shows 47 arrests from approximately 15 warrants — the final number reached 50 when DTF agents arrested three in the Friday warrant execution. The push since July 30 brings the DTF arrest total close to 400. DTF Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said the agency arrested 454 in 2011, which puts them on course to have a record year. Mayton projected the arrest total would top 600.
Conducting operations on Anns Trace in Acworth, County Line Road and Long Road just to name a few, the DTF brought: 29 marijuana charges, six cocaine charges, 28 for methamphetamine, 12 for prescription drugs, 78 for forgery and 112 charges for various other infractions.
According to the DTF data, 157 grams of marijuana was seized, along with 1 gram of cocaine and 52 grams of meth. Three firearms were taken into evidence and $1,200 in cash.
The group stresses the value of cooperation from outside agencies during the two-week period, including the U.S. Marshals, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Secret Service.
Mayton said citizens have brought forth concerns about what they perceive to be a massive drug problem in Bartow County. He said the county’s problem is no worse than any surrounding area’s and the task force works to be proactive in tackling the problem.
DTF Lt. Leslie Cheek said the resources available — both those at the DTF and those from outside agencies — have helped keep the task force operating at a higher level.
Gesturing toward the men in the office, Cheek adds, “Our best resource, as far as this unit, is the people. Each person here brings something to the table. ... You have a lot of great people involved.”