“We have to wait until we get the investigative reports in to really evaluate it,” Brooks said. “It looks good initially though.”
Brooks said the case would not make it before the Polk County Grand Jury next week. He said all of the reports on the evidence would not be back before then.
He said the Georgia Crime Lab is doing a lot of the forensic work on evidence obtained during the raid and getting their analysis could take weeks, or even months.
“It slower than it’s been because of budget cuts,” he said.
Devecio Ranard Rowland, 25, of 569 Cashtown Road, Aragon, and Trince Andre Crews, 30, of 95 Pine Road, Rockmart, are each charged with 33 counts of dog fighting and 33 counts of cruelty to animals.
Those multiple counts stem from the discovery and seizure of 33 dogs, consisting of pit bulls and mixed-breed pit bulls, from the residence at 569 Cashtown Road.
The men are also each charged with marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance.
Ciara Shantell Rowland, 23, and Becky Latonya Crawford, 47, both of 569 Cashtown Road, Aragon, are both charged with possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession.
The raid was the result of an investigation prompted by a tip in February to an Atlanta private investigation firm, Norred & Associates. The firm has a 24-hour tip line and provides free services in criminal cases like this, according to an investigator with the firm.
Local authorities got involved in the investigation two weeks ago when all evidence gathered by Norred & Associates was turned over to the Polk County Police Department and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office.
Agencies assisting with the raid include Norred & Associates, the Polk County Police Department, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Animal Control and the Atlanta Humane Society.