Cherokee County, GA - Authorities across Georgia say it was a huge methamphetamine organization controlled from prison, and five people accused of being involved have been arrested.
The methamphetamine ring stretched from Dalton to Cedartown to Cherokee County.
“We found a pound-and-a-half of methamphetamine here in Cherokee County and almost $64,000 in cash,” said Commander Phil Price, in charge of the Cherokee County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad. That’s on top of more than four pounds seized in a Dalton traffic stop. Price told WSB’s Pete Combs that a home in Acworth was the hub of the organization that stretched throughout the Southeast. Even more disturbing: it was apparently run from inside two state prisons.
“We believe the home here in Cherokee County was a stash house and was used by people all over the Southeast to facilitate drug distribution for a group that was actually run by state prison inmates,” Price said.
Five people have been arrested so far, including:
- Angela Elezan Lovain, 36, Chatsworth
- Richard Lee Long, 51, Chatsworth
- William Cuellar, 42, Acworth
- Tatjana Jaric, 21, Acworth
- Victor Martinez-Gonzales, 39, Acworth
Price said more arrests are on the way.