11 charged after $1 million in heroin allegedly distributed in Fond du Lac Co.
Heroin operation bust
FOND DU LAC (WLUK) -- Eleven people are facing charges for allegedly dealing more than $1 million worth of heroin in Fond du Lac County.
A major heroin operation is busted in Fond du Lac. Police say it lasted at least 2 years.
And now, ten people have been charged, and an 11th is expected to be charged soon.
Fond du Lac County authorities say a major drug trafficking operation was taken down thanks to pulling over a car.
"It was a routine traffic stop and as a result of that traffic stop more than 100 grams of heroin were seized," explained Eric Toney the District Attorney for Fond du Lac County.
The traffic stop was a year ago. At the time officers found drugs, guns and thousands of dollars in cash.
Fast forward to this year.
Ten people have now been charged in the alleged conspiracy. Of the ten one suspect still on the run.
"One individual is at large, Jody Wegener," said Toney.
One more person is also in custody who has not been charged yet. There are 11 supsects total.
Through the investigation police seized about 150 grams of heroin. That's $30,000 to $60,000 worth of the drug.
But that's only a fraction of what authorities say the suspects sold over the last two years.
"15.4 pounds, which has a street value in excess of one million dollars," Toney explained.
The suspects are from the Fond du Lac and Oshkosh areas. The criminal complaint claims they would sell the heroin here, then send money orders to dealers higher up.
"The heroin that was siezed here and that was delivered here during this conspiracy was from Chicago," explained Dennis Krueger the Deputy District Attorney for Fond du Lac County.
Local authorities told us it is a relief to get drugs and suspected dealers off the streets.
"People actually stopped using because their main source of supply between the two major characters stopped," said Krueger.
"It's really hard to capture in words how good that feels. It's really, I think, the reason a lot of officers will tell you they got into this line of work," added Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb.
And they told us this sends a message to others out there.
"Whether it's a street-level dealer all the way up to the person who's importing the drug into the community, that we're watching and we're right around the corner," said Brad Dunlap with the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit.
Police say this heroin ring has been linked to an overdose case inside the Fond du Lac County Jail. In that incident, the person did not die.