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Roswell Police seized several pounds of marijuana as well as other drugs and weapons after an Aug. 7 drug bust where the suspects were dealing to high school students. (click for larger version)
August 18, 2014ROSWELL, Ga. Four people were arrested and charged with felony drug and weapons Aug. 7 after Roswell Police and the Marietta Cobb Smyrna Drug Task Force raided a large drug dealing operation on King Road.
According to police, tips from residents in the area as well as a lengthy drug investigation led them to suspect marijuana was being sold out of a home on King Road, less than a mile from Roswell High School.
Police searched the King Road home as well as a Pullman Trail, Roswell home and an apartment in Marietta.
Police seized 3.5 pounds of "high-grade" marijuana, 80 grams of "wax," which is concentrated THC, more than 700 generic Xanax pills and $29,000 in cash. They also found 11 guns, including an AR15 rifle, two handguns and five shotguns.
Arrested in the investigation were Patrick Jankowski, 47, of Roswell and his son Angelo Jankowski, 19, of Marietta. Also arrested were their associates Riley Bloomer, 20, and Amanda Kurkjian, 19, both of Roswell.
Roswell Police Spokesman Zachary Frommer said investigators began to hear the same names from people arrested for drugs.
"Certain names and locations kept popping up," he said. "We realized quickly it was a big operation."
It was big enough to reach all cities in North Fulton and Cobb counties.
The father and son team, the Jankowskis, ran the operation from their King Road home, Frommer said. Bloomer was involved as well as, to a lesser extent, his girlfriend Kurkjian.
Frommer said the timing on the arrests was important. Fulton County Schools started Monday, Aug. 11.
"Students were a large segment of their buyers," Frommer said. "It's convenient to the high school and [the younger Jankowski and Bloomer] were recently out of high school and still had plenty of contacts there."
Frommer said Angelo Jankowski and Bloomer had previously been arrested in 2012 during another drug dealing operation in Mountain Park.
The Jankowskis, Bloomer and Kurkjian were each charged with selling and distributing felony amounts of marijuana and schedule I drugs. Patrick Jankowski was also charged with possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
"This investigation made a positive impact in reducing the availability of illegal drugs to youths in our area," said Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant.
Assisting the Roswell Police Department in this case were the Drug Enforcement Agency, Atlanta HIDTA Drug Task Force, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Johns Creek Police Department, North Fulton SWAT and the MCS Drug Task Force.