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.
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
District Attorney, Monroe County District Attorney's Office