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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Commends Department of Justice Special Agents Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet

 

The Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association, Inc. presented the “Investigation of the Year Award” to local, state and federal investigators for multi-jurisdictional drug operation.

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today praised the local, state and federal law enforcement officers involved in a large-scale, year-long cocaine and marijuana drug trafficking investigation spanning southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Individuals from the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Rockford Police Department (Illinois), Beloit Police Department, Rock County Sheriff's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Attorney's Office – Western District of Wisconsin were recognized for “Investigation of the Year” during the Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association (WNOA) awards banquet August 23, 2012, in Green Bay, for their work in connection with this investigation. To date, at least ten individuals have been arrested, and investigators have seized cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and more than a million dollars in U.S. currency in this investigation. See the release and caption below for more information about this case: Release from U.S. Attorney's Office - "Four Charged in Cocaine Conspiracy"

 

“I'm extremely proud of the work of the DOJ's special agents and thankful for the cooperation of our local and federal partners,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “The volume of drugs and currency seized as part of this investigation, while significant, pales in comparison to the devastating, life-altering effect drugs have on our communities. But, through these joint efforts, we can ensure justice prevails.”

 

Other investigations to receive honorable mention at the WNOA awards banquet include a large-scale marijuana grow operation in the Chequamegon National Forest that was discovered in the fall of 2010. An eradication effort in August of 2011, after weeks of surveillance, destroyed more than 9,400 plants. Each of the six defendants charged as a result was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Agencies involved in this investigation include: DCI, DEA, the U.S. Forest Service, FBI, Sawyer County Sheriff's Office, Ashland County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's, Washburn County Sheriff's Office, the Wisconsin National Guard -- Intelligence Analyst, and the U.S. Attorney's Office – Western District of Wisconsin.

 

See the release below for more information about this case:

 

March 2012 News Release from U.S. Attorney's Office

 

The WNOA awards committee also recognized with an honorable mention an investigation that began in March of 2011 into synthetic cannabinoids, “K-2,” and synthetic cathinoine, or “bath salts.” In October of 2011, during the execution of several search warrants in northwestern Wisconsin, investigators uncovered compounds and finished product, approximately $65,000 in U.S. currency, gold and silver coins and firearms. Agents and investigators were recognized from DEA, ICE, the Sawyer County Sheriff's Office, the Washburn County Sheriff's Office, DCI, the Eau Claire Police Department, the Wisconsin National Guard -- Intelligence Analyst, and the U.S. Attorney's Office – Western District of Wisconsin.

 

See the release and caption below for more information about this investigation:

 

Release from U.S. Attorney's Office -- "Two Men Charged With Conspiracy to Manufacture Synthetic Cannabinoids"

 

According to its website, the WNOA is an organization of more than 400 federal, state and local law enforcement officers and others dedicated to the investigation and enforcement of state and federal drug laws.