Lovain and 51-year-old passenger Richard Lee Long, both of Chatsworth, were arrested by Dalton police and charged with possession of meth and trafficking meth, authorities said. Lovain also was charged with meth possession with intent to distribute.
GBI agents and investigators with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad obtained a search warrant on Monday that led to seizures and arrests in Cherokee County, said Kim Williams, the GBI Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland bureau.
There, investigators took custody of 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $80,000, a sub-machine gun and approximately $64,000 in cash.
Agents and investigators also arrested Tatjana Jaric, 21, William Cuellar, 42, and Victor Martinez-Gonzales, 39, charging the three with trafficking meth. Cuellar also was charged with gun possession. All three are from Acworth.
At least two inmates housed at the Hancock State Prison in Sparta and at the Calhoun State Prison in Morgan were involved in the meth distribution ring, Williams said.
Though she did not specify their level of involvement, Williams said investigators found a cell phone with the inmate at Hancock.
The investigation continues.