Traffic stop leads to five arrests for illegal narcotics in Whitfield County

Sheriff's K-9 finds methamphetamine, and marijuana inside vehicle. (Image: Whitfield County Sheriff's Office)

What started out as a normal traffic stop, quickly turned into the arrest of five people for trafficking illegal narcotics.

Deputy Thompson noticed that the driver and passenger were acting overly nervous during the traffic stop, at which point he had the K-9 walk around the van.

The K-9 reacted to the passenger's side sliding door in the vehicle, alerting Thompson to illegal narcotics.

After the vehicle was searched, a large amount of methamphetamines, some marijuana, $2000 cash and a handgun were found.

Police arrested the driver of the van, Nicolas Ochoa Olguin, and his passenger Manual Hernandez.

Deputy Thompson also found evidence during the search that helped detectives locate Megan Burkett, who was wanted in Whitfield County for trafficking in heroin.

Burkett was found at the Econo Lodge on North Tibbs Road and taken into custody. She was also in possession of methamphetamines when arrested.

Later, narcotics officers were following a vehicle that they believed to be connected to Olguin and Burkett around the Upper Ridge Road area.

Officers say the car suddenly pulled into a driveway and one of the passengers jumped out and started running.

The narcotics officers caught the passenger, who they identified as Jonathan Long. Besides Long, the driver Amanda Watts and another passenger, David Gunter, were in the car.

Police found handguns, an assault rifle, and a hunting rifle inside the car, and investigators believe that Long and Gunter may have been getting the firearms out of Burkett's and Olguin's house before the police arrived.

Police charged 25-year-old Nicolas Olguin from Chatsworth and 29-year-old Manual Hernandez from Oklahoma City with trafficking in methamphetamine.

Police charged 27-year-old Megan Burkett from Dalton with trafficking in heroin and possession of methamphetamine.

David Gunter, age 32, from Chatsworth, and Jonathan Long, age 24, of Chatsworth, were both charged with possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

All five are being held in the Whitfield County Jail.

We will update you with details as we learn them.

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