Marinette-Menominee drug team busy

MENOMINEE – Nearly 40 people were arrested for heroin drug offenses in Marinette-Menominee county area last year, reports the North East Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group.

The group had a busy year in 2013, a report from the Marinette Police Department shows.

The North East Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group is made up of investigators from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, the Marinette Police Department and the Peshtigo Police Department, officials said.

Narcotic investigations in the cities of Marinette, Wis., Menominee and Peshtigo, Wis., along with Marinette and Menominee counties are a collaborative effort of the North East Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group and the Menominee County Drug Enforcement Team.

As a result of drug investigations in 2013, a total of 76 people were arrested for offenses that involve the illegal use and distribution of illegal drugs, officials said.

Of the people arrested, 39 were arrested for heroin offenses which include delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin, and possession of heroin; 19 people were arrested for violations of prescription pills laws which include prescription fraud, delivery of scheduled narcotics, and possession of prescription pills; 12 people were arrested for marijuana offenses including possession with intent to deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana and possession of marijuana; two people were arrested for synthetic cannabinoids; three people were arrested for drug paraphernalia charges; and one person was arrested for drug related theft charges.

During the course of these investigations, sources of supply from the Chicago area were identified and arrested, officials said. Two sources from Illinois were arrested: one is currently in the Lake County Jail awaiting local charges there and will then be extradited to Marinette County to face a local charge.

The second source was arrested and charged in Marinette County Circuit Court prior to being indicted in a federal conspiracy case along with eight other local co-defendants. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, along with the assistance of the North East Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group worked with the United States Attorney’s Office to federally indict these individuals.

The North East Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group and Menominee County Drug Unit currently has open drug investigations that will result in the referral and subsequent arrest of an additional 17 individuals from 2013 investigations.

As a result of these investigations, weapons, cash, drug related equipment and other assets were seized.

Charges from these arrests, such as felon in possession of firearms, burglaries, thefts and government assistance fraud were also referred to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

The North East Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group and Menominee County Drug Unit also assisted in drug investigations in Oconto and Shawano counties.

Without the dedication and support of the area’s Law Enforcement Administration and their recognizing the need of cooperation and sharing of assets and resources, the success of these investigations would not have been possible, officials said in a statement.

The agencies involved in the 2013 investigative effort are the Marinette Police Department, Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, Peshtigo Police Department, Oconto City Police Department, Oconto County Sheriff’s Department, Menominee City Police Department, Coleman Police Department, Shawano County Drug Task Force, Wisconsin State Patrol, Lake County Illinois Drug Unit, Milwaukee HIDTA Group, Crivitz Police Department, U.S. Postal Service Inspectors Office, Marinette County Special Response Team, City of Marinette Tactical Warrant Entry Team, and Marinette and Menominee County K-9 units.