Police, deputies crack major drug ring|
|Law enforcement officers are hoping that a overnight drug bust on the city’s south side will put a crimp in the supply for a variety of illicit substances.|
Investigators from the city of Antigo Police Department and Langlade County Sheriff’s Department executed a warrant at a South Hudson Street home and, after laying in wait, arrested a dealer who was apparently supplied to meet the needs of local users.
And in a similar drug investigation, more arrests were made during a search at a White Lake area residence.
Authorities coined the case “Operation Clean Sweep.”
“He was taken into custody safely, with no danger to the public,” Dan Bauknecht of the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department, said of the city arrest. “That really is the safest and best way to apprehend a person in a situation like this.”
Bauknecht said that even as officers hid in the empty Hudson Street home, people were coming to the house looking for narcotics, creating unusual traffic along the quiet neighborhood street.
Bauknecht characterized the bust as “one of the larger ones in the area,” noting that he expected 21 people to face an array of up to 50 charges related to the manufacture and distribution of controlled substances, including marijuana, crystal meth and prescription drugs such as Percocet, morphine and other type 2 narcotics.
Investigators seized hundreds of dollars in bills, an AR-15 assault rifle, large plastic bags filled with marijuana buds and piles of pills.
Multiple items of paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine were also seized in the loot. That offense alone brings a felony charge.
Investigators also impounded four vehicles, including a new, luxury-type sedan.
The investigation into activities at the home opened in April, and over the next several weeks officers made 19 controlled buys, building a case for Tuesday’s search warrant and action.
“We would characterize this as a large bust simply because of the quantity of the drugs,” Bauknecht said, noting that some of the prescription drugs originated in the Antigo, Polar, Elton and White Lake areas. “We did the search warrant when we had reached someone near the top of the chain. This should disrupt the flow of drugs in this area quite nicely.”
Court appearances for those arrested in connection with the case are expected to begin later today.
“More arrests are forthcoming,” Bauknecht stressed, explaining that Sheriff Bill Greening was expected to release additional information as the investigation continued.
City of Antigo police officer Kyle Rustick, left, and Langlade County narcotics investigator Dan Bauknecht with some of the marijuana, cash, and narcotics seized in a drug bust Tuesday on Antigo’s southeast side.
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