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Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation Partners with the Dodge County Sheriff's Department, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, the Fort Atkinson Police Department, the Watertown Police Department, the Janesville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Operation that Focuses on Spread of Drugs into Rural Wisconsin
MADISON - U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb this afternoon sentenced Will Bryant of Watertown to 52 months in prison for conspiring to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. Today's sentence was the result of a joint investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation-Narcotics Bureau, the Dodge County Sheriff's Department, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force, the Fort Atkinson Police Department, the Watertown Police Department, the Janesville Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice received authority from Judge Crabb to conduct wiretaps for the investigation that included monitoring several hundred calls in which the defendants conducted drug transactions or made arrangements for the delivery of cocaine to Dodge and Jefferson counties.
Between July 2006 and June 2008, Bryant and eight other defendants conspired to possess cocaine with intent to distribute in the Watertown area. Bryant's co-defendants are Maximo Pineda-Buenaventura, Efrain Pineda-Buenaventura, Servando Hererra-Vazquez, Perfecto Pineda-Duque, Jesus Duque Pineda, and three others who remain fugitives. Efrain Pineda-Buenaventura, Servando Hererra-Vazquez and Jesus Duque Pineda have pled guilty and are due to be sentenced for their role in the case in January 2009. Perfecto Pineda-Duque is scheduled to plead guilty on December 4, 2008. Maximo Pineda Buenaventura is scheduled for trail on January 26, 2009.
"This investigation had a substantial impact on cocaine trafficking in the Watertown area," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I believe that it shows the level of commitment that the Wisconsin Department of Justice has to local law enforcement agencies in rural Wisconsin in their fight against drugs."
On June 19, 2008, law enforcement officers executed 11 search warrants resulting in the arrest of Bryant and his co-defendants and the seizure of over $100,000, several automobiles and multiple kilograms of cocaine. In addition to the arrest of the above-named defendants, police also arrested Arturo Pineda Lopez, Gerardo Pineda-Soria, Juna C. Pineda, Teodulo Pineda-Buenaventura, Otoniel Mendoza and Eli Torres-Banos. These individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury in a separate conspiracy and are presently scheduled for trial on March 9, 2009.