The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office announced on behalf of the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force that two men were arrested in Dallas on charges after they were found with drugs, money and firearms during an August 2 raid.
The announcement this morning comes almost two weeks after the arrests of Aaron Ryan Jones, 41, and Sherod Montraze Birdsong, 38, on multiple counts including trafficking in fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
Warrants were secured and searches conducted at two residences on August 2: an Alana Court residence and a Collins Run Lane residence, both in Dallas. Searches involved law enforcement from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, the Crime Suppression Unit, the K-9 Unit, and others within the Sheriffs Office.
The search yielded quite a bit of contraband, per the release. Included among the list of items found were a kilogram of methamphetamine, 200 grams of heroin/fentanyl, “multiple ounces of cocaine” and 15 firearms in a mix of pistols and rifles and thousands of rounds of ammo. The release noted two of the weapons were stolen from Paulding County.
Additionally, $100,000 in cash were seized as well.
“With the opioid epidemic taking lives on a regular basis, I am proud of the work our drug task force has done to rid our community of these life ending drugs,” Sheriff Gary Gulledge said in the release. “Our partnership with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who oversees the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force, has always proven to help keep our community a safe place to live, work, and play.”
The two remain in custody without bond set as of this posting. They could face additional charges as the investigation into their alleged trafficking continues, and others could face arrest as well.
Jones was charged with felonies for trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, trafficking fentanyl and trafficking heroin.
Birdsong faces felonies for two counts of trafficking cocaine, along with trafficking fentanyl, trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine, distribution/sale of cocaine, possession of cocaine and distribution/sale of heroin.
Both could still face charges for the firearms seized as well, but those had not yet been applied in the incident.