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18 pounds of illegal drugs, more than $21,000, loaded gun seized from interstate trafficker

Posted at 4:18 PM, Jul 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-12 17:18:02-04

FOUND DU LAC (NBC 26) — A suspected interstate drug trafficker was arrested in Fond du Lac County which resulted in the seizure of more than 18 pounds of illegal drugs, $21,000 and a loaded 9mm handgun.

The suspect was intercepted traveling to Wisconsin from out of state as part of an ongoing joint investigation between the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office.

According to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, K-9 unites from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Highway 151 in Fond du Lac County, which lead to an arrest and a vehicle seizure.

The vehicle contained about 10 pounds of high-grade marijuana, three-fourths of a pound of high potency THC wax, more than seven pounds of THC edibles, and quantities of suspected heroin, LSD, psylocibin mushrooms, ketamine, oxycodone, more than $21,000 of U.S. currency and a loaded 9mm handgun.

The suspect was arrested on charges relating to possession and distribution of illegal controlled substances as well as a weapons violation.

“Drug dealers with loaded weapons present a serious danger to public safety,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “Thank you to the law enforcement officers who were part of the collaborative investigation that led to this arrest and the recovery of several types of drugs and a loaded weapon.”

“The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office continues to keep the enforcement of drug-related crimes a top priority,” said Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt. “Time and time again our deputies witness the devastating effects of drug distribution and use in our community, and the associated crimes that often time come with the drug trade. This sizable seizure of a large variety of illegal drugs, combined with a firearm and significant quantity of cash, is the result of the hard work of our deputies and other officers from around the Fox Valley who work in partnership with LWAM each day. We will continue our work to intercept these illegal drug transports and hold accountable those who distribute these illegal items here.”

The investigation remains ongoing, according to the DOJ.