On Monday, the Cherokee Narcotics Unit put out a ‘BOLO’ which was received from the DeKalb County Drug Task Force – according to Agent Jimmy Jones (DeKalb DTF), two men in an early 90`s-model Black Ford F-150 were in Dekalb County, ‘smurfing’ pseudo-ephedrine pills. ‘Smurfing’ is a common street term used for purchasing supplies used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Later in the day Cherokee Narcotics Unit Agents, spotted the vehicle described, traveling south on County Road 22 – when Agents attempted to stop the truck, the driver, Gregory Alan Taliaferro, tried to elude them but was soon boxed-in by the Agents.
As Taliaferro was stopped Phillip Gregory Hass exited the vehicle – then threw a reaction vessel containing ingredients used to make methamphetamine into a small stream.
Both subjects were arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
Hass later informed officers that he had swallowed methamphetamine during the stop and had to be taken to the emergency room for treatment of a possible overdose.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, said this case was a prime example of the ‘Vendors Voluntary Compliance Program’.
Sheriff Shaver, and the Cherokee Narcotics Unit, would like to urge vendors in Cherokee County to attempt to identify, and apprehend violators locally – the particular information in this case came from Dekalb County vendors – which soon resulted in the arrest of two methamphetamine manufacturers.
Cherokee County Drug Enforcement Unit Commander, Chas Clifton, encourages vendors in the county to call the Narcotics Unit, anytime individuals are suspected of purchasing pre-cursor chemicals at their businesses.
This arrest was made under the ‘Cherokee County Drug Enhancement Program’, which is funded by a $300,000.00 Federal Grant Allocation. That Federal Funding, comes via the newly established Recovery Act by the Department of Justice.