Deputies arrested nine people in the house on a variety of charges, including keeping a disorderly house and drug possession.Bottom row, left to right: Unique Keon Lewis, Nicholas Scot Long, Walter Neally, Shawna Conrick Olsen

Traffic stop leads to 9 arrests at Cherokee County home

What started as a minor traffic stop led to the arrests of nine people at an Acworth home that Cherokee County law enforcement has gotten to know well in recent months.

A deputy tried to pull over Joshua Henry Green about 1:30 p.m. Monday after seeing him run a stop sign, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Jay Baker.

But Green continued driving until he reached a house on Kemp Drive, a home that has been the site of multiple arrests since July, Baker said. 

Deputies  ended up securing a search warrant for the home that resulted in the arrests of nine people on charges of drug possession, maintaining a disorderly house or both, jail records show.

Narcotics agents discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and an assortment of drug-related objects inside the home, Baker said.

“There were two people in the basement the homeowners didn’t even know were there,” he said. 

Neighbors told Channel 2 Action News they’ve complained repeatedly about the people they say are constantly coming and going from the home, which has several vehicles and a hot tub in the yard.  

On Thursday, the homeowners were given violation notices for having nine “junk vehicles” and storing things outside that shouldn’t be there, said Jamie Gianfala, deputy chief of the Cherokee Marshals Office.

Homeowner Leonard Vinson Bates, who was arrested and charged with keeping a disorderly house, said he didn’t want so many people in his home and that he will work to bring his property up to code. 

The owners have 15 days to clean up their yard or they will be cited, Gianfala said.  

Others arrested (with charges) were: 

• Kenneth Lee Bates of Acworth, disorderly house

• Amber Nicole Garner of Acworth, possession and use of a drug-related object, possession of drugs with intent to distribute, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and disorderly house

• Joshua Henry Green of Acworth, attempting to elude police, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving with a suspended license, possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of an officer

• Joshua Paul LeBlanc of Acworth, obstruction of an officer, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession and use of a drug-related object, possession of drugs with intent to distribute and disorderly house

• Unique Keon Lewis of Powder Springs, obstruction of an officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession and use of a drug-related object and disorderly house

• Nicholas Scot Long of Acworth, obstruction of an officer and disorderly house

• Walter Neally of Acworth, disorderly house

• Shawna Conrick Olsen of Acworth, possession of methamphetamine, possession and use of a drug-related object and disorderly house.

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