Calhoun Police and Gordon County Sheriffs deputies, assisted by the Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force, served 56 warrants during Operation Street Sweep Wednesday and arrested between 15 and 20 of the wanted suspects.
J. Marquez, head of the CPDs Special Operations Unit, said charges ranged from drug use and sales to probation and parole violations.
Twenty of the warrants were issued at the end of a three-month investigation during which undercover officers made drug buys from some of the suspects. The rest were pardon and parole violations, Marquez said.
Officers met at the CPD Criminal Investigation office on U.S. 41 at 5 a.m. Wednesday for a briefing and then spread out to serve the warrants. Four teams of eight to 10 officers hit various locations across the county.
We wanted to get out early before the word gets out, Marquez said.
Calhoun Police set up a mobile command post at the Depot in downtown Calhoun to coordinate the teams activities.
At one home on Calhouns west side, officers found two of the suspects, who were taken to Gordon County jail. Later, the same team made an arrest in Forrest Heights. Officers apparently missed one suspect by about 15 minutes at an apartment on Jolley Road, while another team arrested a woman for drug activity on Gordon Street. Another man was arrested for parole violation at the Rosser Motel on South Wall Street.
By 8:45 a.m. most of the warrants had been served. Marquez said the final count was not in, but he expected to have about one-fourth of the suspects arrested.
Calhoun Police Chief Garry Moss said the warrant sweep had been planned for about three weeks.
Some of these are the result of our undercover investigation, while others are outstanding warrants, Moss said. A lot of these will be repeat offenders.
Moss said many of the warrants were for people who have recently been released from prison.
We have a large number of people who were sentenced to 10 or 15 years to serve five but who are staying gone only nine or 10 months, he said.
Participating agencies included the FBI, ATF, Whitfield County Sheriffs Department and Dalton Police Department