Methamphetamine, weapons and cash were recovered and five people arrested after a traffic stop on Dalton's South Bypass on Thursday, Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.
He said a deputy who stopped a Honda Odyssey about 10:25 a.m. observed the driver and passenger to be "overly nervous." A drug dog alerted on the passenger side door, and officers found a large quantity of methamphetamine, some marijuana, approximately $2,000 cash and a handgun, Chitwood said in a news release.
The driver, Nicolas Ochoa Olguin, and passenger Manual Hernandez were taken into custody.
The search also turned up evidence that led to the arrest of Megan Burkett, who was wanted for heroin trafficking. Burkett also had meth with her when deputies arrested her at Econo Lodge on North Tibbs Road, the sheriff said.
Later in the afternoon, narcotics officers were following a vehicle believed to be connected to Olguin and Burkett around the Upper Ridge Road area when it suddenly pulled into a driveway and a passenger jumped out and started running.
A deputy ran him down and two other people in the vehicle were taken into custody as well. Chitwood said his investigators think the three — Jonathan Long, Amanda Watts and David Gunter — were taking firearms out of Burkett's and Olguin's house before officers arrived to search it.
Olguin, 25, of Chatsworth, and Hernandez, 29, of Oklahoma City, are charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.
Burkett, 27, of Dalton, is charged with trafficking in heroin and possession of methamphetamine.
Gunter, 32, and Long, 24, both of Chatsworth, are charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
All five are being held in the Whitfield County Jail, Chitwood said.