As of press time, officials told The Cedartown Standard that the investigation is ongoing, and therefore, they would not release the full details of the case.
Officials did release the following press release:
As a result of a lengthy investigation by the Northwest Georgia Criminal Enterprise Task Force (NGCETF) into a stolen vehicle ring, task force members, assisted by local, state and federal agencies, made eight arrests this morning in Polk and Floyd Counties.
Those arrested and the charges are as follows:
Mark Sparks, for violation of oath of office, obstruction, theft by receiving (motor vehicle). Until his arrest on Tuesday, Oct. 6, Sparks was a police officer with the Polk County Police Department.
Marvin Cheatwood, for theft by receiving stolen property (motor vehicle).
Michael Robinson was charged by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with federal weapons violations. Robinson is a former deputy with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Bradley Miller, for two counts of theft by receiving stolen property (motor vehicle) and altering a vehicle identification number.
John Summerville Sr., for two counts of sale and distribution of a schedule 2 drug, operating a chop shop, theft by receiving (motor vehicle) and forgery in the second degree.
Margie Fields, for altering a vehicle identification number and operating a chop shop.
Alan Camp, for altering a vehicle identification number and operating a chop shop.
Kenneth Gravett, for insurance fraud. Gravett is a former deputy with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
For over a year, the NGCETF, which is led by the FBI, has been investigating a criminal enterprise based in Polk County involved in the trafficking of stolen vehicles and altering vehicle identification numbers in order to resell stolen vehicles for large profits.
The criminal enterprise has also been aided by current and former law enforcement officials who have been arrested as well. These former law enforcement officers have participated in the criminal activities and reportedly have provided sensitive law enforcement information to individuals involved in the criminal enterprise.
The investigation culminated on Oct. 6, with the execution of numerous search warrants and arrest warrants issued by the Polk County Superior Court and through the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia.
The investigation is ongoing with additional charges possible.
The NGCETF includes officials from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI), the Polk County Police Department, the Polk County, Bartow County and Floyd County Sheriff’s Departments and the Cartersville Police Department.
In addition to the NGCETF participating agencies, the operations on Oct. 6 included the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol, the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, the United States Secret Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Cherokee County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, the Calhoun Police Department, the Haralson-Paulding Drug Task Force and the Haralson County Fire Investigations Unit.