By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
A major drug bust in Rome led to the arrest of 14 people on drug distribution charges Friday.
Sergeant Barnett, supervisor of the Metro Drug Taskforce, said these arrests are the culmination of a two-year investigation. Employing surveillance equipment, under-cover investigators, and collaborating witnesses, officers of the multi-agency drug force indicted 54 people on Marijuana, Cocaine and Meth distribution charges before a special grand jury in August.
Officers worked through the night to execute the warrants, including one on Jarquavious Arkeen Stamey, starting running back for the Pepperell High School Dragons. The majority of the suspects were already in the Floyd County Jail or in State prison on other charges.
Not all the arrests have been made, however. Barnett estimated that 15 warrants have yet to be served.
Barnett also said that the majority of the information about the suspected drug dealers was given to police by concerned family members of the dealer’s customers. He urged people who see suspicious activity to call the police. It may seem trivial, and an arrest may not happen that day or at all, but the information just may be the last piece of the puzzle they need.
The Metro Drug Taskforce was created in the 80s and it is made up of multiple agencies from the Floyd County region. It employs 9 officers.