Cartersville mass arrest update: District attorney drops charges against 64 of 65 arrested.

Cartersville mass arrest update: District attorney drops charges against 64 of 65 arrested.

 

Agents: Two firearms (one stolen from Detroit), cocaine and marijuana found during Sunday morning investigation that ended with more than 60 arrests. Photo courtesy of the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force.

 

Jan. 12:  Cherokee District Attorney Rosemary Greene has dismissed charges against 64 of the 65 people arrested at a house party early Dec. 31 in Cartersville according to media release from her office.

“The District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the files pertaining to the event of sixty-five individuals for possessions of marijuana on December 31, 2017. The review concludes the evidence is insufficient to convict sixty-four of the sixty-five charged. Accordingly, charges against these sixty-four individuals have been dismissed.”

Jan. 4: Below please find the narrative from the initial police report for “shots fired” near Cain Drive per the Cartersville Police Department:

On Sunday, December 31, 2017, at approximately 0208 hours, I was dispatched with Officer Pulliam to the area of 290 East Felton Road in reference to two gunshots in  the area.Upon checking the area, I turned onto Cain Drive, and immediately noticed the odor of marijuana. I observed approximately 4 male subjects standing in the front yard. I notified Officer Pulliam meet me on Braircrest Way off Cain Drive. When Officer Pulliam arrived, he also advised me that he could smell the odor of marijuana in the area. While parked approximately 100 yards away from the residence at 2 Cain Drive, the odor of marijuana was still very strong.

Officer Pulliam, Officer Turner and myself made contact with the individuals standing outside of 2 Cain Drive.We advised the individuals why we were in the area, to which they stated they do not believe any gunshots were  fired here. While speaking with the individuals next to the front porch of 2 Cain Drive, we advised the 4 males that we could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from this residence.

We asked the individuals if there was anyone else inside the residence, they advised yes, we are having a party for the female who rented the house by the name o f Deja Heard.I knocked on the  door to the residence and contact was made with approximately 60 people in side the residence. When  the door was opened, the odor of marijuana emitted from within the residence.

I advised everyone inside the residence to come stand in plain view. I advised Sergeant LaFrance to come to the residence and also notify the Bartow  County Drug Task Force to respond as well.Officer Turner advised all individuals on the front porch and insidet he residence that everyone was being detained, due to the smell  of  marijuana coming from within the residence…

While waiting on the Bartow County Drug Task Force to arrive, Officer Randall and I cleared the residence for any other individuals. Officer Randall and   I remained in the living room with the individuals inside the residence to make sure no contraband was destroyed and for the safety of other officers on scene.

I observed numerous amounts of alcohol, as well as several clear plastic bags containing suspected marijuana in plainview, in the living room and on top of a table in the dining room. Drug-related objects, pipes, grinders and wrappers were also observed in plain view throughout the residence.

The items I observed were left in place for the Bartow County Drug Task Force photograph and collect up on receiving the search warrant. Once the drug task force arrived, the scene was turned overt to them.

All individuals were subsequently placed under arrest by the Bartow County Drug Task Force on various charges with additional to follow.  All suspects were transported to the Bartow County Jail, by jail deputies and officers on scene. Bartow County Drug Task Force collected all contraband found inside the house. The  incident was recorded on my BodyWornCamera. Nothing further at this time.

Statement from Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, Jan. 2:

On Sunday, Dec. 31, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Cartersville Police Department patrol officers responded to a shots fired call in the vicinity of 2 Cain Drive, Cartersville. Upon arrival, officers detected the odor of marijuana and observed subjects fleeing the premises. Patrol officers secured the scene while they conducted an initial investigation of the reported shots fired.

Responding officers observed marijuana in plain view and initially recovered a semi-automatic handgun.  CPD responding officers notified  the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force to assist in the investigation, due to the number of people inside the residence, the locating of a firearm and the evidence of wide spread drug usage.  Responding officers encountered in excess of 60 individuals inside the residence, including four minors.

Bartow-Cartersville DTF Agents obtained a search warrant for the residence from a Bartow County magistrate. Seized pursuant to the search warrant were two firearms (one reported stolen from Detroit), marijuana individually packaged and several smoking devices throughout most of the first-floor rooms. Individually-packaged suspected cocaine and cocaine-related paraphernalia also were found upon initial contact with multiple subjects.

All the subjects at the residence were placed under arrest for the possession of the suspected marijuana which was within everyone’s reach or control.  All arrestees were immediately transported to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office by multiple transport vans. The booking process for incoming prisoners takes time for those with valid identification and more time for those who do not or refuse to reveal their identity which was the case on many of these. As of 5 p.m. Monday, all arrestees had been issued a bond amount. The ages of arrestees ranged from 15 to 31 years old.

Map of 2 Cain Dr, Cartersville, GA 30121

Updated statement from Cartersville Police, Jan. 2:

On Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Cartersville Police Department patrol officers responded to a shots fired call in the vicinity of 2 Cain Drive, Cartersville. Upon arrival, officers detected the odor of marijuana and observed subjects fleeing the premises. Patrol officers secured the scene while they conducted an initial investigation of the reported shots fired.

Responding officers observed marijuana in plain view and initially recovered a semi-automatic handgun.  CPD responding officers notified  the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force to assist in the investigation, due to the number of people inside the residence, the locating of a firearm and the evidence of wide spread drug usage.  Responding officers encountered in excess of 60 individuals inside the residence, including four minors.

This investigation and evidence were turned over at that time to the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force for further action involving this case.

It has been a long-standing policy of the Cartersville Police Department that drug investigations routine patrol officers encounter are referred to the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force. This current policy is now under review for any further drug investigations.

Initial report:
From Cartersville Police: On December 31st 2017 at 2:18 am officers with the Cartersville Police Department responded to 2 Cain Drive in reference to a shots fired call. Upon arrival, evidence was located that led to a drug investigation and the arrest of 70 subjects. The investigation is currently ongoing.
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