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Lake Winnebago Area Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Group (MEG Unit) Partners with Local Officers, State and Federal Agents, and Makes Multiple Arrests

 

MADISON — The Lake Winnebago Area Multi-jurisdictional Enforcement Group (MEG Unit) announced today that on Thursday, June 28, 2012, investigators from the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit, and the Brown County Drug Task Force, Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, with assistance from the Fond du Lac Police Department SWAT team and deputies and investigators from the Calumet County Sheriff’s Office, served a total of five search warrants in Calumet and Brown Counties, culminating a six-month long investigation into a significant cocaine trafficking organization based in Chicago, Illinois. These search warrants were served after the arrest of the two primary targets of this investigation:  41-year-old Domingo R. Anaya and 30-year-old Salvador Diaz-Gutierrez. Domingo Anaya was arrested in Modesto, California, by San Francisco DEA on June 27.  Salvador Diaz-Gutierrez was arrested in Chicago by Chicago DEA on June 28.

 

This investigation began in January 2012, focusing on the two primary suspects, Anaya and Gutierrez.  The investigation rapidly expanded in scope as additional suspects and residences were identified.  By the time the search warrants were issued by a Calumet County Judge last week, six different purchases of cocaine totaling ¾ of a kilogram of cocaine had been conducted, and a total of six defendants had been identified.

 

During the service of the five search warrants and several activities that followed, a total of approximately 180 grams of cocaine, ¼ pound of marijuana, nine marijuana plants, one handgun and one vehicle were seized.

 

Four subjects -- Domingo R. Anaya, Salvador Diaz-Gutierrez, 42-year-old Santiago Felix-Gastelum and 21-year-old Luis Alvarez Chavez -- are being prosecuted through the United States Attorney’s Office-Eastern District of Wisconsin for Conspiracy to Distribute cocaine between five and 15 kilograms, among other drug-related charges. Four others – 22-year-old Luis Manuel Magana Anaya, 27-year-old Miguel Angel Vivero-Sanchez, 37-year-old Isaac Pedraza and 50-year-old Linda M. Peters -- were arrested on state charges of delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

 

During the course of the activities on June 28, 2012, search warrants were served at the following residences:

 

615 West Main Street, Apt A, Hilbert (Luis Manuel Magana Anaya was arrested.)

 

245 Louise Street, Apt #2, Wrightstown (Santiago Felix-Gastelum was arrested and approximately one ounce of cocaine was seized.)

 

207 North Madison Street, Apt B, Chilton (Luis Alvarez Chavez was arrested and a 2000 Lincoln Navigator was seized.)

 

W1373 CTH HH, #36, New Holstein (Miguel Angel Vivero-Sanchez was arrested, and 123 grams cocaine and ¼ pound marijuana were seized.)

 

6708 Deuster Street Apt #2, Greenleaf (Isaac Pedraza and Linda M. Peters were arrested on state charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine; 1 ½ ounces of cocaine were seized.)

 

Salvador Diaz-Gutierrez had an active warrant for his arrest for a 2010 case conducted by the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit in which a total of 30 pounds of marijuana was seized along with $33,000 in cash. Diaz-Gutierrez fled during that investigation but was apprehended last week.

 

This cooperative investigation was highly complex, involving multiple jurisdictions, three states and several agencies.  A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.