CEDARTOWN — Nine Floyd County residents were among the 22 “major players” jailed on drug charges in Polk County on Thursday following a five-month investigation by area law enforcement agencies.
“There’s no doubt that what we were able to do today will be felt by the dealers still out there on the street,” said Polk County Drug Task Force Commander Jonathan Blackmon. “We locked up some major players today.”
The investigation was headed by the task force and the office of District Attorney Jack Browning. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Cedartown Police Department and Polk County Police Department also participated.
According to Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome, the following people were arrested:
Rome: Shaunda Star Easterwood, 1228 Maple Ave.; Jada Howard, 73 Milco Place S.E.; Jennifer Jenkins, 3428 Horseleg Creek Road; Daramis Stephenson, 2167 Kingston Highway; Jeffery Wayne Turner and John Michael Turner, 4738 Black’s Bluff Road; Jennifer Ploof, 104 Apt. A, Tyler St.; and Jana Lynn Dean, no address given.
Cave Spring: Casey Kerr, 3088 Buttermilk Road.
Cedartown: Michael Hackney, Amanda Dempsey and Danny Dorris, 124 Morton Springs Road; Ulises Borja and Carmen Patricia Rodriguez, 566 Pine St.; Sara Hackney, 126 Morton Springs Road; Fernando Hernandez Pizano, 508 Lynton Drive; and Alejandro Pineda-Ortiz, Meagan Gibson and Brian Sanchez of 710 Ladue St.
Out of state: Justin Lee Cunningham, 9095 County Road 33, Centre, Alabama; Barbara Morris, 55 County Road 555, Centre; and Heather Rock of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Newsome said Hackney, Borja and Pineda-Ortiz of Cedartown were charged with trafficking meth and conspiracy to traffic meth. All others arrested were charged with conspiracy to traffic or conspiracy to possess methamphetamine.
Several pieces of property were seized, Blackmon said, as well as five vehicles, $13,000 in cash and more than one pound of methamphetamine. Several bank accounts were also frozen, he stated.
Other agencies assisting in the operation were the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Offices; Cartersville-Bartow County Drug Task Force; Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force; FBI Northwest Georgia Criminal Enterprise Task Force; the State Board of Pardons and Paroles; the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and the U.S. Marshals.
A Polk County Sheriff's Office jailer was arrested Friday after he was allegedly found at the Polk County Jail with marijuana, several packs of tobacco, a can of dip and rolling papers, according to Chief Jailer Al Sharp
A Cobb County man who was wanted as a suspect in a murder investigation and was being searched for by Polk County authorities last week is now on his way to jail after being found in an abandoned car this morning.
Cedartown Police officer Josh Turner is recovering at home after undergoing a second round of surgeries for injuries sustained when he crashed his patrol car into a beauty salon on Main Street in the early morning hours of May 17.
A Cedartown man remains in the Polk County Jail without bond on several charges after he was alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman at the Northwest Georgia Housing Authority apartments on West Avenue.
Euharlee officials placed their police chief and assistant chief on administrative leave shortly after both were arrested Thursday on accusations they double dipped into city and school coffers while on the job.
A woman was killed in a Monday afternoon shooting at a Bartow County home, police said. Hours later, the man believed to have shot her was found dead inside the home in the apparent murder-suicide, the Euharlee police chief said.