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MANITOWOC - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the successful arrest of four Manitowoc area men this morning for trafficking Cocaine following a joint raid by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation and the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit.
Twenty-Nine and 3/4ths ounces of cocaine valued at $30,000 was seized in the raid.
"The amount of cocaine seized in this raid was large for anywhere in the state, but it is an especially troubling amount for a community the size of Manitowoc, "said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I am grateful to the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration officials with whom we have and will continue to work cooperatively."
All four men have been identified to be foreign nationals who are in the U.S. illegally. These illegal aliens would not be referred to Operation Community Shield, a national law enforcement initiative that targets violent transnational street gangs through the use of ICE's broad law enforcement powers, due to the pending state criminal charges against them.
Under Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's leadership, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has become a more active partner and participant in these cooperative enforcement operations.
For more information please see the attached press release from the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit.
All four men are expected to make initial bail appearances on Friday afternoon.
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 drugs into the state and wholesale distribution of these drugs in our communities.
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The allegations in the complaint and described above have not been proven in a court of law. The defendant is presumed innocent, and the state bears the burden of proving the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.