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An alleged heroin dealer is arrested in Woodstock with gray death

On May 7, the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS) was successful in apprehending a known Marietta drug dealer. He was later booked on charges of possession with an intent to distribute heroin. A spokesperson for the drug task force has said that he was in possession of a particularly lethal mixture of both fetanyl and heroin known as "gray death" at the time of his arrest.

The same spokesperson also noted that CMANS agents were first alerted to the man's activities after a Woodstock resident called to report a tip that he was selling the drug inside the city. Deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff's Department began tailing the man as he drove into the city. They followed him to the Woodstock Commons Shopping Center, located on Highway 92. They began questioning him once there.

During the course of that questioning, the man was searched. Officers reportedly found at least 2.5 grams of a gray, powderlike substance on him. That substance will be ultimately sent to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab for testing to confirm that it's grey death.

After the man's arrest, a spokesperson for CMANS reconfirmed the task force's commitment to making Cherokee County an undesirable place for anyone wishing to deal drugs. At the same time, he noted that the multiagency unit has established relationships with many in the health care community, Accountability Courts and other partners aimed at curbing this epidemic.

The defendant in this case apparently was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center after his arrest on Monday, May 7. By Wednesday, May 9, he'd been released from jail on a $4,875 bond.

An increased influx of opioids, including heroin, in Cherokee County led to the recent formation of the CMANS Heroin/Opiate Team (HOT). This task force is comprised of specially trained investigators who are experts in heroin and increasingly popular synthetic opioids, prescription forgery and fraud and diversion.

Among those agencies that belong to the CMANS, there are the Canton, Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Woodstock police departments. There's also the Cherokee County Marshal's and Sheriff's Office.

If you've been arrested and charged with possession, distribution or trafficking of heroin or a related offense, then a Canton attorney can advise you of your rights in your case.

Source: Woodstock Patch, "Accused heroin dealer charged with possessing 'gray death'," Kristal Dixon, May 11, 2018

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