Feb. 8, 2016

Canton, Cherokee County, Ga. February 8, 2016. Agents with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (C.M.A.N.S.) arrested a Heroin trafficker last night in Woodstock. Chad Nielsen, 22 years old of Acworth, delivered 8.2 grams of Heroin to an undisclosed location in Woodstock where he was taken into custody. With Nielson was Christopher Gibson, 29 years old of Kennesaw. Gibson was in possession of a small quantity of Heroin and a firearm that the two had arranged to sell. Both men were taken into custody. Agents then went to Nielsen’s Acworth home and seized two more firearms. Nielsen is charged with Trafficking Heroin, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Gibson was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony.  Nielsen remains in custody without bond. Gibson remains in custody with a $33,400.00 bond. The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad is a joint task force working in Cherokee County to investigate drug related violations.  Participating agencies include the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, the Canton Police Department, the Woodstock Police Department, the Holly Springs Police Department, the Ball Ground Police Department, the Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia State Patrol.  Citizens may call in tips anonymously to (770) 345-7920, or may speak to an agent by calling (678) 493-7625. Gibson Nielson
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Nov 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Heroin Arrest/Narcotics Arrest November 9, 2015 In June of this year Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) Commander Phil Price announced that CMANS had opened lines of communication with both the Atlanta Police Zone 1 Field Investigation Team (FIT) and the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force.  Atlanta Zone 1 includes the area known as the Bluff (a well-known open air heroin market in Atlanta).  Commander Price felt that these open lines of communication were critical to addressing the increased flow of heroin into the North Metro Area.  CMANS Agents were aware that many heroin users would travel to the Bluff to obtain heroin, use the drug in Atlanta, and then suffer the ill effects of the drug while at home in Cherokee County.  This new strategy was seen as a way to address this trend and to approach this problem from a different direction. The alarming increase in heroin use, not limited to Cherokee County but seen in metropolitan suburbs throughout the United States, lead to police officers and deputies being armed with Naloxone.  Naloxone is a medication used to counteract the devastating effects of a heroin (or other narcotic opioid) overdose.  Naloxone is a very effective tool, but must be administered quickly for the individual to survive.  Every public safety officer (police, fire, EMS and Sheriff’s deputies) in Cherokee County is trained in the use of Naloxone. The GBI Medical Examiner’s Office has recorded 27 overdose deaths in all of Cherokee County in 2015.  In the first half of 2015, there were 59 overdoses responded to by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office alone, resulting in sixteen overdose deaths.  Since the new strategy was implemented, there have been 25 overdoses responded to by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, but only 5 have been fatal. Of the 5 overdose deaths since July 1, all are pending GBI Crime Laboratory toxicology results, but indications are that at least four of those were related to prescription medications. Commander Price said that CMANS Agents have been very aggressive in addressing the heroin trade in Cherokee County. In 2014 CMANS Agents
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Sep 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Methamphetamine Trafficking Arrest September 4, 2015 On Thursday, September 3, 2015, agents of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) arrested TIMMY LANE REED and SHERRI SATTERFIELD of Woodstock, Georgia.  Agents had information that REED was a source of methamphetamine in south Cherokee County.  Agents executed a search warrant at REED’s residence in Woodstock at about 4PM on Thursday, September 3, 2015.  CMANS Agents arrested REED and SATTERFIELD and seized more than half a pound of methamphetamine.   Both individuals were charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine.  The weight of the drugs at the scene (charges will be ultimately based on the official weight determined by the GBI Crime Laboratory) was more than nine times the weight required for a Trafficking charge in Georgia.  Drug Trafficking is one of the most serious drug charges under Georgia Law. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Divisions is following up on several guns, motor vehicles and automobile parts seen at the residence during the drug search. Methamphetamine continues to be the most commonly abused drug in Cherokee County.  Last year CMANS agents made 26 methamphetamine trafficking charges and seized over 10 pounds of the drug.  In the first seven months of 2015 CMANS Agents have made 27 methamphetamine trafficking charges and seized over 7 pounds of meth.  In contrast, last year CMANS Agents seized less than one ounce total of heroin.  In the first seven months of 2015 CMANS Agents seized slightly more than 2 ounces of heroin. CMANS Commander Phil Price: “There is sometimes the perception that CMANS makes a lot of drug charges because the area is riddles with drugs.  I would contend that is not true, that by our hard work and the cooperation of the citizens of Cherokee County we have made this county a difficult and dangerous place to deal drugs.  One of the things we truly enjoy hearing when we try to set up an undercover drug buy is that the dealer is afraid to come to Cherokee County.  We are happy to hand that suspect off to one of our neighboring counties!” The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad
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