Channel 2 Action News has learned a monthlong investigation into the illegal production and distribution of drugs ended with several arrests and a lot of potentially deadly drugs off the street.

Husband, wife arrested in Cherokee drug bust; cops say 50K fentanyl pills found

A husband and wife were arrested on drug trafficking charges Wednesday after authorities discovered 14 grams of heroin, a pound of marijuana, an ounce of cocaine and 50,000 pills believed to contain fentanyl in their possession, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The arrests were the result of a month-long “dark web” investigation by the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, the Bartow/Cartersville Drug Task Force, the DEA Cyber Group and U.S. Postal Inspectors, sheriff’s office spokesman Jay Baker said.

Investigators said Woodstock resident Fredrick Michelsen, 35, was engaged in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl and alprazolam.

Narcotics agents discovered more than 50,000 pills believed to contain fentanyl and alprazolam at the home and storage units of a Cherokee County couple, authorities said.
Photo: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

He and his wife, 28-year-old Elizabeth Michelsen, were apprehended after leaving their Reed Lane home, Baker said. Police said Frederick Michelsen had felony arrest warrants in four jurisdictions. After being stopped by Cherokee narcotics agents, the man ran from police but was quickly caught, Baker said.

Agents searched the couple’s home as well as two storage facilities, where they found the illegal drugs and more than 30 pounds of fake tablets packaged in vacuum-sealed bags, Baker said. 

Frederick Michelsen is charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking fentanyl, possession of THC with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of Xanax, felony marijuana possession, possession of dronabinol liquid, possession of LSD, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, obstruction of an officer and escape, Baker said. He is being held without bond at the Cherokee County jail. 

Elizabeth Michelsen is charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking fentanyl, possession of THC with intent to distribute, possession of THC wax, possession of Xanax, felony marijuana possession, possession of dronabinol liquid, possession of LSD, possession of cocaine and possession of a Schedule 1 drug. She is also being held without bond at the Cherokee jail.

Another man, Timothy Twardokus, 47, of Acworth, was arrested at the Michelsens’ home after police determined he had felony warrants out of Cobb County, Baker said.

Timothy Twardokus
Photo: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

He was taken to the Cobb jail and charged with violating the terms of his probation, jail records show.

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