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MADISON - United States Attorney Steven M. Biskupic, State of Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, and the Internal Revenue Service, announced today that a criminal complaint has been filed in federal court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in connection with a multimillion dollar interstate drug trafficking and money-laundering ring.
In recent weeks, law enforcement officials have seized nearly $4 million in cash from the organization. The complaint charges three individuals, listed below, with a conspiracy to distribute in excess of 1000 kilograms of marijuana.
The three defendants who have been charged are: Terrance Lamont David; Calvin C. Wiggins; and James L. Reaves. All three are currently in custody in Tucson, AZ, and are scheduled for a late afternoon court appearance today.
The case has been investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, Milwaukee Office and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, with assistance from the following law enforcement agencies: Illinois State Police, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police, Oklahoma State Highway Patrol, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department and the Oklahoma City Police Department.
"I am very pleased with the success achieved by the work of the DCI Agents within the Wisconsin Department of Justice, along with the work of the multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies involved, and the United States Attorney's Office," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
According to the complaint, the organization uses a Chicago-based tour bus company as a front for its drug trafficking operations.
The tour company has two buses that it uses to transport money and drugs. The buses are kept in a Chicago-area garage that is leased by the tour company. The organization pays a number of individuals to act as legitimate touring passengers and bus drivers.
In January of this year, one of the organization's bus drivers and one of its paid passengers staged a robbery of one of the buses; during the robbery they took approximately $1.3 million from the bus. In March, law enforcement officials in Milwaukee seized $1.1million in cash that was still being stored from that robbery.
On April 25, 2007, busses were pulled over in Tucson and Oklahoma City. In the external luggage compartment of the bus in Oklahoma City were four black duffle bags, each of which was loaded with cash. In total, the bags contained approximately $1.2 million.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum of life in prison, a mandatory minimum often years in prison, and up to $4,000,000 in fines. The public is cautioned that a criminal complaint is merely the method of lodging charges against an individual and does not constitute inference of his or her guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, that the government establishes his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.