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SpecialAbout 50,000 pills containing fentanyl were seized from a storage unit rented by Frederick and Elizabeth Michelsen, police say.

Three people charged with making and selling large quantities of the dangerous drug fentanyl were indicted by a Cherokee County grand jury on Tuesday.

Woodstock husband and wife Frederick Michelsen, 35, and Elizabeth Ashley Michelsen, 28, along with his mother, Donna Kay Brown, 52, were accused of making and selling the dangerous drug fentanyl on the “dark web.” The Michelsens were arrested March 6 at their home and Brown a week later in Calhoun.

The indictment accuses all three defendants with six counts of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute. Brown was also charged with one count of possession of Flualprazolam. Frederick Michelsen was charged with possession of more than an ounce of marijuana. He was also charged with escape from custody for reportedly running out the front door of a sheriff’s office precinct as he awaited questioning. He was immediately stopped and taken back into custody, according to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jay Baker.

According to the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad at the time of the arrests seized about 50,000 pills — more than 30 pounds — containing fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but much more powerful.

Investigators said the couple used the “dark web” to sell the drugs. The dark web consists of sites that are designed to keep both their creators’ and visitors’ identities hidden.

When she was arrested, Brown was charged with trafficking heroin, trafficking fentanyl, possession of THC with intent to distribute, possession of Xanax with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Dronabinol liquid (2 counts), possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of LSD, drug task force leaders said.

The arrest of the Michelsens followed a month-long investigation that involved CMANS agents, and investigators from the Bartow/Cartersville Drug Task Force, federal Drug Enforcement Administration Cyber Group and U.S. Postal Service Inspectors.

Managing Editor

Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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