About 4:30 p.m. a late-model Mercedes-Benz traveling on Interstate 75 was stopped by a Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force deputy for failing to maintain lane and a window tint violation, DTF Commander Capt. Mark Mayton said.
Task force deputies became suspicious because of the two occupants’ behavior and requested consent to search the vehicle,
a DTF press release stated.
The driver refused, at which
time the task force K-9 unit was utilized and alerted to narcotics inside the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle yielded more than 4 pounds — or over 2,000 grams — of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.
“It’s the largest seizure ... I can find for Bartow County,” Mayton said.
The street value of the heroin was upward of $628,000. Mayton said heroin is typically sold in 1/4-gram or 1-gram increments, with 1 gram having a $2,000 street value.
In Georgia 4 grams constitutes a trafficking amount and carries a 25-year minimum mandatory sentence if convicted.
Heroin usage increased following efforts to target prescription drug abuse.
“It is making a comeback,” Mayton said. “It is becoming increasingly difficult for people addicted to prescription medication to get those because of doctors, pharmacies and law enforcement cracking down. They have shifted to heroin to get the same desired effect as they have when abusing prescription medication.”
Arrested Monday were Derrick Decarlos Covington, 32, of 4706 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, Mo., and Tony Glover, 28, of 1723 Uycle St., St. Louis, Mo.
Covington is charged with trafficking heroin, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, failure to maintain lane and window tint violation. Glover is charged with trafficking heroin and possession of marijuana less than an ounce.
Both men are being held at the Bartow County Jail pending a bond hearing.
As the investigation continues, more arrests are possible.