Authorities: Major drug supplier to 'The Cut' arrested

CANTON, Ga. – Authorities in Cherokee County arrested suspected drug dealers in two separate investigations this month.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, agents with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad received calls from concerned citizens about drug activity in the Canton area on November 9.

Agents began conducting surveillance in “The Cut,” which is an area near Canton where drug deals have been reported for years.

Officers conducted a traffic stop of 30-year-old Essam Abdur-Rahim Drinkard and found 56.6 grams of suspected cocaine, 35.7 grams of suspected heroin, 2.6 grams of marijuana, 6.6 grams of suspected MDMA and hundreds of prescription medications. Authorities said Drinkard also had a handgun.

Agents believe Drinkard has been one of the main drug suppliers to “The Cut” for years. They believe he brought the drugs to Canton from Atlanta.

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Drinkard was arrested and charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking MDMA, Possession with Intent to Distribute Xanax, Possession with Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.

On the same day, but in a separate investigation, agents arrested 36-year-old Melissa Rene Hunt and 27-year-old

Jarred McKenzie Biggers, both of Acworth, for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine.  The both were arrested in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Woodstock after agents said they saw Biggers sell meth to someone else. Biggers is also charged with sale of Methamphetamine.

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