News Release
May 23, 2007
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-259

Operation “High Roller” Takes Down Milwaukee Cocaine Distribution Ring
14 Indicted on Drug Distribution and Conspiracy Charges

MAY 23 -- (Milwaukee) –Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division announced the arrest of ten members of a Milwaukee cocaine distribution organization. The arrests are the result of a long term DEA joint task force investigation dubbed “Operation High Roller” which began in October, 2004. The organization is alleged to have purchased approximately 20 to 30 kilograms per month from a source in Chicago and then distributed the cocaine in the Milwaukee area.

The arrest warrants as well as six federal search warrants were issued out of the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Along with cocaine distribution, the organization is alleged to have invested drug proceeds in real estate, businesses and vehicles. The arrests took place over a four day period from May 8-11, 2007, and a grand jury out of the Eastern District of Wisconsin indicted 14 members of the organization on drug and firearm violations, in addition to the indictment of the organization’s assets on May 22, 2007.

“The arrest and indictment of these individuals is a message to drug dealers in Wisconsin,” stated Gary G. Olenkiewicz, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division, which covers Wisconsin. “State lines will not deter drug law enforcement from seeking justice from drug traffickers. We will continue to work with our partners at the Milwaukee HIDTA Drug Gang Task Force, the Milwaukee Metro Drug Unit, and the United States Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute these cases, even if criminals cross the Wisconsin border.”

The long term investigation led to the arrests of ten individuals, including the organization’s cocaine source in Chicago, the seizure of eleven vehicles, six assault rifles, one sawed off shotgun and two pistols, and a silencer. Also seized was $ 49,511 in U.S. Currency.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Daniel Sanders and Nelson Phillips.