Tatjana Jaric, Victor Martinez-Gonzales, William Cuellar
DALTON, GA (CBS46) -
Five people have been arrested in two different crystal methamphetamine busts, the result of more than a month's worth of investigation initiated by the Dalton Police Department's Drug Unit, investigators with the Murray County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and Georgia State Patrol.
Dalton investigators received information that Angela Elezan Lovain, 36, of Chatsworth was planning to travel from Cherokee County to Dalton with meth.
During surveillance, Dalton investigators requested that a GSP trooper conduct a traffic stop of Lovain's vehicle near the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Dug Gap Road on Dec. 1.
After searching the car, investigators found approximately 4.3 pounds of crystal meth hidden in an appliance box. The street value of the drugs is estimated by investigators to be $190,000.
Dalton investigators arrested Lovain and the passenger Richard Lee Long, 51, of Chatsworth.
Lovain was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
Long was charged with possession of methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Evidence found during the investigation also led investigators in Cherokee County to an additional seizure of meth.
On Dec. 2, search warrants resulted in the seizure of approximately 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine (values at $80,000), a sub-machine gun and approximately $64,000 in cash.
William Cuellar, 42, was arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.
Tatjana Jaric, 21, and Victor Martinez-Gonzales, 39, were arrested on the charge of trafficking methamphetamine. All three suspects are from Acworth and are in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center with no bond.
The GBI, CMANS and the Polk County Drug Task Force also executed search warrants and seizures in Cedartown.
Investigators with the Georgia Department of Corrections initiated related searches within two Georgia prisons where contraband cellular phones were seized. A network of meth traffickers, controlled and directed by at least one Department of Corrections' inmate, has been disrupted and further arrests are expected.
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Thursday, March 27 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:56:41 GMT
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