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"Cash Money Cousins" Recognized as Investigation of the Year


DOJ Special Agents & Criminal Analyst and DeForest Police Department Detective Recognized by Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association


MADISON - The Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association recently recognized Special Agents Ben Poller and Jesse Crowe, Criminal Analyst Scott Faralli, Sun Prairie Police Department Detective Frank Smith, DeForest Police Department Detective Jim Pertzborn, Dane County Deputy Sabrina Simms and DEA agent Bill Shamulac for their work in a high profile Heroin distribution investigation.


In the late fall of 2008, the Sun Prairie Police Department had multiple subjects suffering from overdoses of heroin. They contacted the Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation to help with the investigation. The case led to multiple connected sources of heroin all over Madison, with many customers throughout Dane and surrounding counties.


The case was turned into a Federal OCDEFT (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) investigation, with the following departments involved: Division of Criminal Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task force, Deforest Police Department, McFarland Police Department, Middleton Police Department, Sun Prairie Police Department and the US Attorney's Office.


The dealers were predominately from the Chicago area and the investigation showed that they had delivered multiple kilograms of heroin to many users in the Dane County area. Many of the dealers were armed and several had threatened their customers with physical harm if they talked with the police.


On the other end of the investigation, heroin addicts all over the Dane County area were committing many thefts, burglaries and robberies to support their heroin addiction. The money received from these crimes was given to the dealers for the heroin. The families of the users were also very often victims of crimes, committed against them by the user.


As a result of this investigation, in the late summer and fall of 2009, arrests were made leading to nine federal indictments. To date, 30 individuals have been arrested as a result of this investigation. During interviews with the dealers, it was learned that many were related family members. This led the investigation to be coined “Cash Money Cousins”.


“This case was an excellent example of local, state and federal partners working together on a common goal,” said DCI Administrator Ed Wall. “The dedication and commitment of these officers represent the very best of what law enforcement stands for.”


This investigation took place over the course of approximately 15 months. Without an extraordinary level of long term commitment and cooperation between local, county, state and federal agencies this investigation could not have yielded such success.


“This case showcases the cooperative nature of law enforcement at the state, local and federal level in Wisconsin and demonstrates what can be accomplished when we work together to fight the drug trade. I want to thank Special Agents Poller and Crowe, Analyst Faralli and Detectives Smith and Pertzborn, Deputy Simms and Agent Shamulac for their dedication and hard work,” said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. “I am proud to see them honored for their dedicated service to the people of Wisconsin.”


The Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association (WNOA) is an organization of 400+ Federal, State, County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers that are dedicated to the investigation and enforcement of state and federal narcotics laws.


The Investigation of the Year award recognizes an individual, group or task force, with an award for performing a specific investigation that had a significant impact on the community.