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An investigation into how students obtained THC gummies and vapes led to the raid of three Cedartown convenience stores and the arrest of at least eight people.

According to the Polk County Drug Task Force:

The investigation and arrests came after Cedartown school administrators and parents expressed concern to DTF agents that several students had appeared intoxicated while at school. The children, who were incoherent and transported to the hospital, were in middle school and high school.

Agents discovered three Cedartown convenience stores were illegally selling gummies and vapes containing THC. The stores were American Dream Convenience, 1006 N. Main St.; Sunoco, 731 N. Main St.; and Chevron, 101 N. Main St.

The release states that 11 people were arrested during the operation on Tuesday along with the seizure and recovery of large amounts of products containing THC Delta 8 and Delta 10, Schedule I drugs, and U.S. currency.

Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome and the Polk County Jail confirmed only eight people arrested in connection with the investigation.

Those arrested include Guadalupe Nunez Pisano of Silver Creek, and Jagrutiben Patel, Chiragkumar R. Patel, Melody Faith Harding, Jorge Cervantes, Heather Lashea Ballew, Edwin Cruz and Luis Martin Nunez Pisano, all of Cedartown.

Chiragkumar R. Patel is charged with five counts of felony sale of a controlled substance, while Cervantes, Harding, Jagrutiben Patel, Guadalupe Nunez Pisano, and Luis Martin Nunez Pisano were charged with one count each.

Guadalupe Nunez Pisano is also charged with two counts of felony sale of a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance, while Harding, Ballew, and Cruz are charged with one count each.

All eight remained in jail without bond on Wednesday with no bond set except for Jagrutiben Patel and Harding, who each had a $6,000 bond.

The Polk DTF noted the investigation and arrests were due to the combined efforts of the Polk County Drug Task Force, GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office, Cedartown Police Department and its criminal investigations division, Cedartown Police K-9 and the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:The Polk County Drug Task Force arrested 11 people after an investigation revealed that THC gummies and THC vapes were being sold at three Cedartown convenience store locations.

The investigation and arrests came after school administrators and local parents expressed concern to DTF agents that several students had appeared intoxicated while at school. The children, who were incoherent and transported to the hospital, were middle school and high school students.

The Polk DTF launched an investigation and discovered three Cedartown convenience stores were illegally selling gummies and vapes containing THC: American Dream Convenience, 1006 North Main Street; Sunoco at 731 North Main and Chevron at 101 North Main.

The seizure and recovery of large amounts of THC Delta 8 and Delta 10 (gummies and vapes) Schedule I drugs, U.S. currency and the arrests took place Tuesday.

The Polk County Drug Task Force encourages anyone with drug related information to please contact the Polk County Drug Task Force at (678) 901-4644 or via email at pcdtf@polkga.org. All information will be held in confidence and will be taken seriously.

Due to the combined efforts of the Polk County Drug Task Force, GBI West Metro RDEO, Cedartown Police Department, Cedartown Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Cedartown Police K-9 and the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit DA’s Office, the safety and well-being of the residents of Polk County have been positively impacted as a result of the joint operation.

These cases are being prosecuted by the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s Office.

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

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