Investigators Release More Details on Drug Bust

28 people were arrested in a major county-wide drug bust.

On Monday, Tomah police released details about the bust last Friday. Tomah police chief Wes Revels says the arrests were the result of a five-month long county-wide investigation into prescription drug trafficking. Police say dealers were selling prescription drugs like oxycontin and vicodin -- for $3 to $80 a pill. Officers are still looking for more people who could have a connection to this bust but investigators say the real problem starts in a person's home.

"They're taken from Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa’s prescription bottle, they're gotten from legitimate sources... This is not an easy problem to attack," says Mike Myszewski with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.

All of the 28 people arrested are facing felony drug charges. Some of them will appear in Monroe County court on Tuesday.

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Friday, January 16

Press release from investigators:

The Tomah Police Department and Monroe county district attorney's office announce the arrest of 25 suspects in a drug investigation involving the sale and distribution of Pharmaceuticals

The Tomah Police Department and Monroe County District Attorney's Office announced that on Friday, January 16, 2009 law enforcement officers were in possession of 33 arrest warrants for subjects on felony drug trafficking charges in Monroe, Sauk and Juneau Counties.

The arrests conclude an extensive investigation into the sale and distribution of pharmaceutical drugs. The majority of this investigation began in October of 2008. However, a few of the cases began as early as July of 2008. The investigations and arrests were made possible using information supplied by several sources.

The following agencies were involved in this multi-jurisdictional enforcement effort: The Tomah Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigations, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, the Monroe County District Attorney's office, the Sparta Police Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Chief Wes Revels of the Tomah Police Department, in cooperation with Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary have scheduled a press briefing. The briefing will take place on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Tomah Police Department, 805 Superior Avenue, Tomah, Wisconsin. A press packet will be provided to members of the news media at the briefing. The following law enforcement representatives will be at the briefing: A representative from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, District Attorney Dan Cary, Tomah Police Chief Wes Revels and Tomah Police Department Investigator Rob Walensky.

This investigation is ongoing, and additional arrest warrants may be issued for felony violations. Additional suspects remain at large. Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary will prosecute the arrested subjects.

Wesley D. Revels
Chief of Police, Tomah Police Department

Dan Cary
District Attorney, Monroe County District Attorney's Office


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  • by D & C on Feb 10, 2009 at 08:21 AM
    also forgot to say, they don't need jobs to buy their drugs. most people that are into that sell a little bit themselves to support their addictions.
  • by D & C on Feb 10, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    we think let everyone do what they want, who cares if they want to do drugs and distribute them. it's their life, so stay out of it and let them do what they want.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tomah on Jan 25, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    Does anyone know the names of the people that got busted?
  • by Anonymous Location: TOMAH WI on Jan 22, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    drugs drugs drugs again didn't we just have a bid bust not to long ago. and those people went free, what made the police think it was going to work this time . plus this is legal drugs so what. everyone does it. the judges are not going to do anything about this why do these cop waste there time it is a losing battle. gave up it is not going to work. this is crazy arrest waste money our money the tax payers money. i think there should be drugs test and if they are not clean fire them no job . no money. no drugs . why does the news not report this stuff
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    WELL PHILO I SEE YOU SAY LACK OF HUMANITY WAS YOU ONE OF THESE PEOPLE I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY
  • by Anonymous Location: TOMAH WI on Jan 22, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    I WISH THE NEWS WOULD STAY ON THIS STORY AND KEEP THE PUBLIC AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM AND LET THESE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THEY CARE. THE MORE YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS THE MORE IT LET DRUG DEALERS KNOW THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER BEATING THE SYSTEM. DO A NEWS STORY ON THIS PROBLEM DO SOMETHING YOU SEE PEOPLE CARE LOOK AT ALL THE COMMENTS HERE WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS COUNTY MONROE. THESE PEOPLE GET ARRESTED AND THEY MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT AND NOW THESE PEOPLE JUST WALK AWAY SO WHY MAKE A BIG DEAL ABOUT THIS IF NO ONE IS GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS. PEOPLE NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND SO DOES THE NEWS REPORTERS AND START TO DO THINGS ABOUT THIS PROBLEM. IF THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE SOMETHING DONE THAN STOP ARRESTING PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU ARE WASTING ARE TAX MONEY . WE HAVE A SAY WE PAY TAXES AND WE WANT TO SEE SOMETHING DONE SOON ON THIS MATTER. THE COPS NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE CHARGES ARE GOING TO STICK SO THIS DDOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. SO WE ARE WAITING TO SEE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN .
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    yeah that is good no jobs if they don't have money they cant buy drugs. yeah these people are running around town laughing because they are out i think it is sick and we do nothing about it i wonder if these judges would like it if one of these people sold drugs to there family numbers and they died i wonder if they would be running around free. this is dumn i think maybe i should sell i medication and make money since i know you are not going to jail time for this crime. tomah police are not even cops they are sercurity gaurds sp? ya and they dont know how to handle drug problems in this town. gues they got a raise for this one .
  • by Philo Location: Eau Claire on Jan 21, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    No right to a job? Wow. The complete lack of humanity in this town is really becoming disturbing.
  • by Jim Location: Neillsville on Jan 21, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    You know how to stop it. Drug tests for everyone to keep thier jobs. Especially any and all city, county, and state employees. All individuals that work in schools and colleges. Everyone whose job requires them to operate any kind of machinery, or motorized vehicles(gas, electric- 1HP to 1000HP). I've had to test every year to keep my job since 1986. My son had to test to work for Kwik Trip(good for them). It will slow the problem till there is no money in trafficing drugs. As for your rights; you don't have a right to a job. If its a requirement and you don't want to comply thats fine...NO JOB!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    what is wrong with the system here you go to jail for drugs and walk away the next day. i wonder what they do on murder charges. because drugs is as bad people over dose, kill them self and ect. because of drugs. so let just say it is ok to kill. what is this county do about this what is wrong with the judges here. maybe we need new judge in Sparta . they wont get my vote again this is very wrong . we don't need a new jail or anything if they cant keep people in jail this is not right,
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