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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 1:43 pm | Updated: 6:56 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

A multi-agency bust led to the arrest of four people on various gambling and drug charges Tuesday.

Agents with the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Dalton Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and federal agencies arrested four individuals on various drug and gambling charges.

According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap and Bartow Police Chief Tommy Culpepper:

Law enforcement officials served four search warrants, seized banking accounts and safe deposit boxes and conducted three consent searches in Bartow and Whitfield County.

Millsap said the investigation was initiated as a result of information received alleging the production and sale of synthetic marijuana. Agents purchased the suspected illegal substances and forwarded it to the GBI crime lab for analysis. The results confirmed that it contained a schedule I controlled substance.

Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force Commander Mark Mayton said that three of the search warrants were issued in Bartow County.

The first two were located at 1160 Burnt Hickory Road “Burnt Hickory Grocery and Deli” suite A and Tobacco Mart suite B. Agents arrested two individuals inside of the Tobacco Mart. From these two locations agents recovered money believed to be proceeds from illegal gambling and the sale of synthetic marijuana.

While serving the search warrant, agents located and seized methamphetamine on a person who was gambling inside of the Tobacco Mart. Mayton said other agents conducted a consent search at 31 Springmont Drive, Cartersville. At this location agents seized a large amount of money also believed to be the proceeds of criminal activity and arrested one individual.

Other agents were at the same time serving a search warrant at a business in Whitfield County at the Discount Tobacco and Food Mart located at 516 MLK Jr. Blvd, Dalton.

At this location agents recovered a large amount of synthetic marijuana, 208 packs with a gross weight of 1778.9 grams and money believed to be proceeds from the sale of the synthetic marijuana. One person was arrested at this location as a result of the search warrant.

During the primary operation, agents also issued warrants at a local bank freezing business accounts. Mayton said that information gathered led agents to two safe deposit boxes that resulted in the seizure of a large amount of money and foreign passports.

An additional search warrant was served at 50 Stone Mill Drive Apartment 1106, Cartersville. Agents there gathered information that led to the seizure of 1118 packs of synthetic marijuana with a gross weight of 13,191.2 grams.

Sheriff Millsap and Chief Culpepper said that drug task force agents are still following information gathered during this investigation and more arrest are expected in the near future.

The following individuals were arrested and jailed at the Bartow County Jail pending a bond hearing:

Sanjayakumar Balden Patel, 40, of 31 Springmont Drive, Cartersville is charged with sale of a schedule I controlled substance and pending immigrations charges.

Jinendra Prabhdas Patel, 51, 710 Stone Mill Drive, Cartersville is charged with keeping a gambling place and commercial gambling.

Phillip Duane Barnette, 41,  25 Sherwood lane, Cartersville is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and probation violation.

The following person was booked into the Whitfield County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Dhansukh Bhika, of 50 Stone Mill Drive Apartment 1106, Cartersville is charged with possession of a schedule I controlled substance.

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