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Hundreds of traffic stops, warnings issued in Oconto Co. for drugs, criminal violations

Effort part of an organized Criminal Interdiction Operation
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Posted at 8:41 AM, Apr 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 09:47:35-04

OCONTO CO. (NBC 26) — Hundreds of people were pulled over Friday in Oconto County as part of an organized effort to crack down on drugs and criminal violations in the area. They called it a Criminal Interdiction Operation.

The Oconto County Sheriff's Office said their operation resulted in 172 traffic stops, 183 warnings, 54 citations, and 41 K9 deployments with 25 positive K9 indications and 16 negative K9 indications. Eight people were arrested and other referrals were made for the following offenses according to deputies:

- Criminal and Civil Traffic Violations
- Possession of Schedule II Narcotic
- Warrants
- Fleeing an Officer
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Recklessly Endangering Safety
- Possession of THC
- Operating While Under the Influence
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Probation Violation
- Bail Jumping

The Sheriff's Office said they focused on areas like Oconto Falls, Gillett, Oconto, town of Stiles, town of Oconto Falls, town of Morgan, town of Gillett and town of Underhill.

In a press release, deputies said they had help from the Northeast Tri-County Drug Enforcement Group, as well as several other area agencies. The sheriff's office also asks for help in reporting tips on illegal sales and distribution of narcotics by calling 920-834-6900 where you can remain anonymous to help keep the community safe, healthy, and drug free.

This effort also serves as a reminder to try to help those with addiction. The sheriff's office said if you or someone you know is struggling and you live in Oconto County, call 920-834-7000. If you live in a different county, they suggest calling their Human Services Department or call Wisconsin Narcotics Anonymous at 800-240-0276 or visit

The citations, arrests and criminal referrals are being prosecuted by the Oconto County District Attorney’s Office.