DTF Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said C&A Tire, 504 N. Tennessee St. in Cartersville, was the target of the warrant about 5:30 p.m. after a monthlong operation. “[The warrant was] based on the illegal sale of prescription drugs — schedule II [narcotics].”
Mayton declined to comment further as the investigation is ongoing.
The DTF was assisted by Cartersville police and Homeland Security Investigations. Agents seized drugs and recovered a firearm.
Six people were arrested — five on drug charges and one on an immigration charge.
Drug bust at Bartow Motel
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, an officer from the Cartersville Police Department was dispatched to the Bartow Motel located on Joe Frank Harris Parkway in reference to occupants selling and using illegal drugs in their room.
Bryan Sanders opened the motel door for the officer and, according to the police report, was taken by surprise. He reportedly jumped back, visibly shaken and appeared very nervous. When asked who the room belonged to, Sanders advised it was his. The officer explained to Sanders that he had been dispatched in reference to possible illegal activity from his room. Sanders said this was not the case.
Two other men were in the room, Kenneth McCaskill and Mark Carter. Carter was seen going into the bathroom and tampering around with the toilet. The officer asked all three men to exit the room and proceeded to pat them down. Sanders told the officer he was on probation for possession of cocaine.
Sanders and Carter began shaking when they handed the officer their identification. Carter and McCaskill began to sweat. The officer then asked Sanders if he could search his room for anything illegal. Carter agreed, but then became indecisive and said no after both Carter and McCaskill reportedly shook their heads and mouthed “no” to Sanders. The officer asked Sanders if he remembered signing a Fourth Amendment waiver right, as he was on probation. He remembered.
Sanders asked the officer if he could get his phone, the officer said no. Sanders then placed his hands together, out in front of him with arms stretched as to place handcuffs on him. The officer told him to “just wait.” The officer told Sanders if he wanted to speak to him before he entered his room, now would be a good time. Sanders became visibly upset and stated “it’s not mine,” a few times and began to make noises. According to the police report, when the officer turned to enter the room, Sanders said, “It is in the drawer but it is not mine.”
The officer located a bag of marijuana and a blue bag containing marijuana in the nightstand drawer. Also in the nightstand was Sander’s Social Security card, a receipt for paying for probation for Sanders and some change. All suspects advised the drugs were not theirs and were placed under arrest.
Once placed in the officer’s car, Carter chose to waive his Miranda rights and told the officer he had just arrived at Sander’s room when Sanders and McCaskill asked him to try the cocaine. He went on to say that he had just begun smoking the cocaine when the officer knocked on the motel door. He went to the bathroom and dumped the cocaine pipe in the toilet and flushed. Carter agreed to give a voluntary urine sample but said, “I will [explicit] hot.” The urine sample came back positive with cocaine in his system.
Carter was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine by ingestion and possession of marijuana. McCaskill was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Sanders was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.
House shot with paintballs
On Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6:41 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to Wesley Mill Drive, Adairsville, in reference to criminal trespass.
According to a Bartow County Sherriff’s Office incident report, the deputy met with the complainant who stated that someone shot his residence with a paintball gun. He went on to explain that he heard something that sounded like someone knocking at the front door, but then the noise went away. When he returned home from work, he noticed the markings on his residence.
The deputy observed eight multi-colored markings on the residence, which appeared to be paintballs.
At 11:09 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, a deputy was dispatched to Ga. Highway 20, in reference to criminal trespass.
The deputy met with the complainant who stated that someone had wrapped his vehicle in plastic wrap and threw eggs, which broke on the hood of the vehicle. The suspect also allegedly wrapped the vehicle in toilet paper and wrote on the windows.
The complainant told the deputy he did not know who the suspect could be because he had no problems with anyone. He did not wish to pursue charges, and at the time of the report was unsure if any damage was done to his vehicle.