Based on the information developed as a result of this investigation officers were able to determine quantities of methamphetamine were being distributed in our area by some individuals from the Atlanta area. A covert operation was initiated when it was determined these dealers were supposed to make a delivery the next day. On October 25, 2013, at approximately 6:00pm 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 methamphetamine. 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 methamphetamine was recovered from the suspect, as well as over five-thousand dollars. The meth recovered from these 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 5 pounds of methamphetamine 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, DOB 6/27/1985, of Chatsworth, Ga. Michael P. Finnegan, DOB 2/10/1980, of Fairmont, Ga. Lauren N. Williams, DOB 1/1/1979, of Calhoun, Ga. Iban Gonzalez-Gutierrez, DOB 12/20/1979, of McDonough Ga. Alejandro Zamora-Gonzalez, DOB 8/11/1988, of Sandy Springs, Ga. and Lucio Contreras, DOB 3/11/1960, of Lawrenceville, Ga. All six suspects have been charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute. 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.