FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2015
On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, agents of the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) arrested JOSEPH RAYMOND KOSS and KEVIN DEARING, both of Brookside Lane in Acworth, Georgia. Agents had information that KOSS was a source of heroin in south Cherokee County. Agents observed KOSS and DEARING traveling from metro Atlanta back to Cherokee County. Information was developed which lead agents to believe that Koss was wanted for outstanding Cherokee County felony warrants. CMANS Agents moved in and arrested KOSS and DEARING and seized more than eight grams of heroin in the car and smaller amounts of heroin on their person. Both men were charged with Trafficking Heroin. 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 twice the weight required for a Trafficking charge in Georgia. Drug Trafficking is one of the most serious drug charges under Georgia Law.
On Mar 17, 2014, Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to KOSS’s home where he was discovered unresponsive, with no apparent pulse. Both Koss’s mother and deputies perform CPR until EMS arrived at the home. KOSS survived the apparent overdose.
In a separate investigation, on Friday, March 20, 2015, CMANS agents arrested Kimberly Reed, of Pink Goss Road in the Hickory Flat community. Ms. Reed was arrested attempting to sell 3.6 grams of heroin.
Since January of this year CMANS Agents have seized over $8,400 worth of heroin. In contrast, in 2014 agents seized $11,000 for the entire year.
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.