Agents with the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Dalton Police Department, Homeland Security Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Georgia Bureau of Investigation took part in the operation that seized drugs, cash and safe deposit boxes.
Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap and Cartersville Police Department Chief Tommy Culpepper said, in a press release, the joint operation executed four search warrants. Millsap said the investigation was a result of receiving information about the production and sale of synthetic marijuana. According to the press release, agents purchased the suspected illegal substances and sent it to the GBI crime lab for analysis. The results confirmed it contained a schedule I controlled substance.
DTF Commander Mark Mayton said three search warrants were located in Bartow. Two were located at 1160 Burnt Hickory Road, suites A and B, the Burnt Hickory Grocery and Deli and Tobacco Mart. Agents found U.S. currency believed to be the proceeds from illegal gambling and the sale of synthetic marijuana, according to the release.
While executing the search warrant, agents found and seized methamphetamine on one person gambling inside the Tobacco Mart.
As agents searched the Burnt Hickory Road locations, Mayton said other agents also were searching a business in Whitfield County: the Discount Tobacco and Food Mart, 516 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dalton. Inside the business agents recovered 208 packs of synthetic marijuana, which has a gross weight of 1,778.9 grams, according to the release. In addition, agents seized U.S. currency believed to be proceeds from the sale of synthetic marijuana. One person was arrested.
Another of the operation’s aspects focused on executing seizure warrants at a local bank. Mayton said information led agents to two safe deposit boxes, where they seized a “large amount” of U.S. currency and foreign passports.
An additional search warrant was also executed at 50 Stone Mill Drive, Apt. 1106, Cartersville. A total of 1,118 packs of synthetic marijuana, with a gross weight of 13,191.2 grams, was seized at the apartment.
Millsap and Culpepper said DTF agents are still following information gathered during the investigation and more arrests are expected in the near future.
The following individuals were arrested and booked at the Bartow County Jail:
• Sanjayakumar Balden Patel, 40, of 31 Springmont Drive, Cartersville, was charged with sale of a schedule I controlled substance and pending immigration charges.
• Jinendra Prabhdas Patel, 51, of 710 Stone Mill Drive, Cartersville, was charged with keeping a gambling place and commercial gambling.
• Phillip Duane Barnette, 41, of 25 Sherwood Lane, Cartersville, was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and probation violation.
The following individual was arrested and booked at the Whitfield County Jail:
• Dhansukh Bhika, of 50 Stone Mill Drive, Apt. 1106, Cartersville, was charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance.
Man breaking up domestic dispute beat with bat
A suspect took a baseball bat to the man attempting to break up a domestic dispute.
Jeffrey Edmondon allegedly struck the wall and his wife after she refused to give him money Tuesday afternoon, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The victim was able to get away and text a friend for help.
When the man and his fiancée arrived, he walked in to find Edmondson punching the victim, the man told the deputy. He separated the couple and walked outside to call 911.
Edmondson allegedly chased the man with a baseball bat, swinging it at the man’s head and body. The man wielded a piece of lumber in defense and punched Edmondson in the eye in self-defense.
While the two men struggled, the landlord approached, produced a revolver and ordered Edmondson to “drop the bat or he’d shoot,” according to the report. Edmondson complied.
Edmondson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, criminal trespass under the Family Violence Act and battery (FVA).