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MADISON The Wisconsin Department of Justice announced today that 10 individuals were arrested on St. Croix Tribal lands, and an 11th individual was arrested on the Red Lake Reservation in Northeastern Minnesota this morning on charges of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and distributing crack cocaine.


The investigation was a joint investigation led by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation's Narcotics Bureau that also included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the St. Croix Tribal Police Department, the Rice Lake Police Department, the Barron County Sheriff's Department, the Burnett County Sheriff's Department, the Polk County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.


A list of those arrested and the indictments against them is included in the release from the U.S. Attorney's office and can be found here.


"I'm proud of the work of the Department of Justice's agents did on the investigation that led to today's arrests. Wisconsin has one of the best Narcotics Investigative teams in the country," said Van Hollen. "The results of this effort show what can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies come together and work as a multijurisdictional team."


Under Attorney General Van Hollen's leadership, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has become a more active partner in these cooperative enforcement operations.


The Division of Criminal Investigation's Narcotics Bureau is responsible for field investigations of state and federal controlled substance laws by its 45 special agents who are sworn law enforcement personnel. The Narcotics Bureau has special agents in offices throughout the state who investigate individuals, organizations, and principal members of organizations involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances. The Narcotics Bureau focuses its efforts on the higher levels of drug trafficking most responsible for importing dugs into the state and wholesale distribution of these drugs in our communities.


Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil is handling the prosecution. All media inquires about this case should be directed to the U.S. Attorney's office at (608) 264-5006.


The allegations in the complaint and described above have not been proven in a court of law. The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.