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The Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service partner in investigation.
MADISON — After months of investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) in cooperation with federal agents, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on January 2, 2013, eighteen individuals were indicted on federal drug charges by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin James L. Santelle.
In January of 2011, the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) began an investigation into a drug trafficking organization operating out of Milwaukee, suspected of distributing cocaine and/or heroin in Wisconsin and Illinois. The investigation involved suspects in California, Illinois, Mississippi and Wisconsin.
Those indicted include:
Ambrose Lamond Clayton Detric Howell
Chara M. Hortman Mary Hortman
Renee D. Snow Kevin Rodgers
Monica D. Edwards Dante Noel
Shawn A. Stanford Joyce Johnson
Tanesha R. Edwards Stacey D. Shaw
Beverly M. Hortman Bonnie Edwards
Rhona D. Fields Edward Harris
Kenneth L. Cox
For a list of charges, please see copies of the indictment and criminal complaint at the following links:
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) investigated this case with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Special Agents with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – Criminal Investigation Division. Assistant United States Attorney Gail J. Hoffman will represent the federal government in this prosecution.
While each of the above individuals has been charged with criminal offenses, each is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Government has the burden to prove their guilt for these offenses beyond a reasonable doubt.