Dalton Police investigation leads to meth bust
Sunday night, detectives with the Dalton Police Department led a meth bust that resulted in two arrests and the seizure of approximately $190,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine. Evidence also led investigators in Cherokee County to more drugs.
Dalton investigators arrested Angela Elezan Lovain, 36, and Richard Lee Long, 51, both of Chatsworth. It was discovered that Lovain and Richard were planning a trip from Cherokee County to Dalton carrying methamphetamine.
Dalton investigators requested a Georgia State Patrol trooper pull over Lovain's vehicle near the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Dug Gap Road. After receiving permission from Lovain, Dalton investigators, along with a K9 drug dog searched the vehicle and found approximately 4.3 pounds of crystal meth hidden in an appliance box.
Lovain was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, trafficking in methamphetamine, and possession of methamphetamine. Long was charged with possession of methamphetamine and trafficking in methamphetamine.
Information led investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office to execute a search warrant Monday that led to the seizure to more than 2 pounds of meth and approximately $30,000 in cash.
The bust came after more than a month of investigation initiated by the Dalton Police Department's Drug Unit and in cooperation with investigators with the Murray County Sheriff's Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and Georgia State Patrol.
This investigation is continuing.