Several key players involved in illegal drug activity in Polk County were placed behind bars on Thursday, according to local law enforcement officials.
The arrest of 22 individuals — all charged with drug-related offenses — has made a considerable dent in the county’s ongoing effort to crackdown on illegal drug use and distribution.
“There’s no doubt that what we were able to do 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.”
Blackmon stated that Thursday’s arrests are the result of a five-month long investigation headed up by the Office of the District Attorney, Jack Browning, and the Polk County Drug Task Force. Uniform divisions from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedartown Police Department (CPD), the Polk County Police Department (PCPD) and the K-9 units from both the CPD and the PCPD were integral in carrying out the operation. “With the previous busts we’ve conducted earlier this year, it just proves that we’re all working together and we’re all working very hard to get the bad guys off the streets,” he said.
According to Cedartown Police Chief and Drug Task Force Spokesperson Jamie Newsome, individuals arrested include:
Michael Hackney, 124 Morton Springs Road, Cedartown
Ulises Borja, 566 Pine Street, Cedartown
Justin Lee Cunningham, 9095 County Road 33, Centre, Ala.
Danny Dorris,124 Morton Springs Road, Cedartown
Shaunda Star Easterwood, 1228 Maple Avenue, Rome
Sara Hackney, 126 Morton Springs Road, Cedartown
Jada Howard, 73 Milco Place SE, Rome
Jennifer Jenkins, 3428 Horseleg Creek Road, Rome
Casey Kerr, 3088 Buttermilk Road, Cave Spring
Barbara Morris, 55 County Road 555, Centre, Ala,
Fernando Hernandez Pizano, 508 Lynton Drive, Cedartown
Heather Rock, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Carmen Patricia Rodriguez, 566 Pine Street, Cedartown
Daramis Stephenson, 2167 Kingston Hwy NE, Rome
Jeffery Wayne Turner, 4738 Blacks Bluff Road, Rome
John Michael Turner, 4738 Blacks Bluff Road, Rome
Alejandro Pineda-Ortiz, 710 Ladue Street, Cedartown
Amanda Dempsey, 124 Morton Springs Road, Cedartown
Jennifer Ploof, 104 Apt. A, Tyler Street, Rome
Jana Lynn Dean, Rome
Meagan Gibson, 710 Ladue Street, Cedartown
Brian Sanchez, 710 Ladue Street, Cedartown
Newsome said that Hackney, Borja and Pineda-Ortiz were charged with trafficking meth and conspiracy to traffick meth. All others arrested were charged with conspiracy to traffick or conspiracy to possess methamphetamine.
Blackmon confirmed that several pieces of property were seized, as well as five vehicles, $13,000 in cash and more than one pound of methamphetamine. Several bank accounts were also frozen, he stated.
Several other agencies also assisted in Thursday’s operation. They include the GBI West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Offices (R.D.E.O); Cartersville/Bartow County Drug Task Force; Rome/Floyd Metro Drug Task Force; FBI/Northwest Georgia Criminal Enterprise Task Force, the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the Chattooga Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals.
Information provided by WRGA News, Rome/www.wrgarome.com