In an operation stemming from a three-month investigation, 12 agents from the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force FBI Safe Streets Task Force, along with deputies from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office and parole officers from the State Board of Pardons and Parole, swept into Golden Eight Ball, 5698 Ga. State Route 20 in Cartersville, Thursday evening on allegations of illegal activity, DTF Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said in a press release.
Agents believe the commercial gambling business was a front for a major illegal drug distribution operation with far-reaching effects, he said.
Early on in the investigation, agents were able to conduct purchases of illegal drugs from the business. Over the course of the operation, agents discovered that, not only were illegal drugs being sold, but cash payouts were offered as winnings by patrons.
Mayton said agents seized a large sum of U.S. currency, although he declined to give an exact figure. In addition, authorities recovered a trafficking amount of methamphetamine, or more than 28 grams; several doses of lysergic acid diethylamide — LSD, or acid; and prescription drugs diverted for illegal use.
Two vehicles also were seized in the process, he said.
Four people were arrested and transported to the Bartow County Jail.
Edward Sylvian Cameron III, 40, of 271 Jo Ann Drive, Calhoun, was charged with two counts trafficking methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possession of schedule I narcotic — LSD with the intent to distribute, possession of schedule II narcotic — oxycodone with the intent to distribute, three counts sale/possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, commercial gambling and keeping a place of gambling.
Angela Marie Ross, 41, of 25 Sherwood Lane, Cartersville, was charged with three counts trafficking meth and two counts possession/sale of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school.
Tracy Lee Cameron, 31, of 188 Boones Ford Road, Calhoun, was charged with two counts possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of schedule I narcotic — LSD with the intent to distribute, possession of schedule II narcotic — oxycodone with the intent to distribute and sale/possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
Donald Gene Williams, 59, of 263 Mac Johnson Road, Cartersville, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.