6 Arrested In Whitfield County Meth Bust; Large Quantity Of Drugs Found In Frosted Flakes Box

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has arrested six people in connection with a methamphetamine ring.

The unit developed information that two suspects had a quantity of meth and were attempting to distribute some in the south end of the county. A Sheriff’s deputy spotted the 2003 GMC Envoy on Highway 41 at the Carbondale Road intersection. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver (Kerri  Nichols) refused to stop and a chase ensued into Gordon County. 

During the chase some objects were observed being thrown from the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was forced to a stop in Gordon County and the two occupants were taken into custody. The passenger was identified as Michael Finnegan. The items thrown from the vehicle were recovered and identified as methamphetamine. Over $11,000 cash was seized from the suspects. Gordon County Sheriff’s Office and Calhoun Police Department assisted in the arrest and investigation.

                Based on the information developed as a result of the investigation officers were able to determine quantities of meth were being distributed in the Dalton area by some individuals from the Atlanta area, authorities said. 

A covert operation was initiated when it was determined these dealers were supposed to make a delivery the next day. On Friday, at approximately 6 p.m. the suspects arrived in Dalton and met with an individual in the parking lot of the Trade Center for the purpose of selling a large quantity of meth.

While the transaction was taking place officers moved in and arrested the four individuals. One subject (Alejandro Zamora-Gonzalez) attempted to flee on foot but was caught after a short foot chase. 

A quantity of meth was recovered from the suspect, as well as over $5,000. The meth recovered from the suspects was discovered in a Frosted Flakes cereal box that had been opened and resealed. The box was in a sack with other groceries. The Georgia State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the arrest.   

                Approximately five pounds of meth with a street value of $218,000 was recovered during this investigation. Six arrests were made and three vehicles were seized. The six arrested are identified as Kerri D. Nichols, 28, of Chatsworth, Ga.; Michael P. Finnegan, 33, of Fairmont, Ga.; Lauren N. Williams, 34, of Calhoun, Ga.; Iban Gonzalez-Gutierrez, 33, of McDonough Ga.;Alejandro Zamora-Gonzalez, 25, of Sandy Springs, Ga., and Lucio Contreras, 53, of Lawrenceville, Ga. 

All six suspects have been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. 

Ms. Nichols also has several traffic violations where she failed to stop for officers and Zamora-Gonzalez has an additional charge of obstruction of an officer.       




Federal Government Sues Life Care's Forrest Preston, Saying He Received Millions In Medicare Funds He Was Not Entitled To

Federal attorneys have sued Forrest Preston, founder and chairman of Cleveland, Tn.,-based Life Care Centers of America, claiming that he was "unjustly enriched" by receiving Medicare funds he was not entitled. The civil suit in Chattanooga Federal Court asks for the return of "millions of dollars." The government earlier sue Life Care on similar charges based on allegations ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Drug Dealer Found With Numerous Drugs, Guns, $25,000 Cash

Jamie Chuy is facing federal charges after a search by police turned up a large amount of drugs, guns and cash at his Chattanooga residence. Chuy is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. In the search on March 28 at 1404 Rowewood Dr., officers found eight kilograms of meth in a black duffel bag ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)

Hurricanes Whip McMinn County, 9-1, In 5-3A Baseball

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Three times Jordan Gorman set the table. Nick Woods punched three hits to the outfield and drove Gorman home in the third, fifth and sixth innings, powering East Hamilton to a 9-1 victory over McMinn County in the opening game of the District 5-3A baseball tournament at Cleveland High School on Wednesday. “Our mission was to win this game,” Gorman said, ... (click for more)

District 5-3A Softball Tournament Plans Finalized By Coaches

District 5-3A softball coaches are now ready for the second season. They hope their teams are, too. At a luncheon to finalize plans for the district tournament on Wednesday, the opening pairings were set in stone and play will begin Friday with three games, each starting at 5 p.m. at the highest seeded team. Second-seeded Soddy-Daisy (24-7) will host No. 7 Bradley ... (click for more)