The Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Cartersville Police Department and the Northwest Georgia Fugitive Task Force for the U.S. Marshals spent almost nine hours serving the warrants around the county.
“The various warrants went from burglary, entering autos, family violence to various other drug cases, drug charges and weapons charges,” said DTF Lt. Leslie Cheek. “Thirty-seven total people were arrested. We seized four guns. I don’t know the exact weight — we seized methamphetamines, marijuana, four different types of schedule drugs and probably $5,000 in cash.”
The 37 arrests stemmed from a total of 80 warrants the group had and were made in Acworth, Cartersville, Euharlee, Taylorsville and White. Cheek said Adairsville was not covered in Wednesday’s endeavor because of time constraints.
“The 80 were of a higher, aggravated-type nature. They were either people who had parole or probation warrants but their original charge was anything from armed robbery to drug charges to burglary to something that was higher, not any parking tickets or traffic offenses,” Cheek said. “I think somebody had aggravated assault charges and was a suspect in a murder in a totally different county.”
Five or six of those arrested were from outside Bartow County, according to Cheek.
“When we go there, we check everyone, so collateral damage or incidental arrests to the other arrests, probably had a dozen of those.”
Local agencies conduct the bulk warrant services, or roundups, on a bi-annual basis, typically one each in the spring and fall.