Busted: Elaborate drug operation found during investigation of homicide at Mike’s Place bar

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY -- A 43-year-old Milwaukee man is facing drug charges -- busted while police were investigating the shooting death of Mike Patton, found dead at "Mike's Place" bar at 35th and Silver Spring on October 24th.

Maurice Cain

Maurice Cain

Maurice Cain is facing the following charges:

  • Possession with intent to deliver controlled substance (heroin) -- greater than 50 grams, as party to a crime, second or subsequent offense
  • Possession with intent to deliver controlled substance (cocaine) -- greater than 40 grams, as party to a crime, second or subsequent offense
  • Possession with intent to deliver controlled substance (methamphetamine) -- greater than 50 grams, as party to a crime, second or subsequent offense
  • Possession with intent to deliver controlled substance (THC) -- greater than 200 to 1,000 grams, greater than four to 20 plants, as party to a crime, second or subsequent offense
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Keeping a drug house as party to a crime, second and subsequent offense

According to a criminal complaint, while police were investigating the fatal shooting of Mike Patton at the bar he owned near 35th and Silver Spring Drive, they observed a blood trail on the floor leading out into the rear hallway that adjoined a stairwell -- leading to an upper unit apartment.

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Homicide investigation near 35th and Silver Spring

Homicide investigation near 35th and Silver Spring

Officers forced entry into that apartment, and observed large quantities of money, suspected cocaine, suspected heroin, and suspected meth -- all in plain view inside the apartment.

Mike's Place

Mike's Place

A search warrant was applied for and granted for the apartment. Members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program searched the apartment.

The following was found, according to the complaint:

  • $229, $6,620, $2,500, $97,752 -- a total of $107,101
  • Vacuum seal bags, plastic baggies
  • Razor blades
  • Face mask often used during the processing of narcotics to protect the wearer from the drugs
  • Two digital scales
  • Wooden kilo press used to recompress cocaine into brick form after it has been cut
  • 1.38 grams of cocaine recovered from the kilo press
  • 11 kilo wrappers which contain kilos of cocaine (five with cocaine residue inside them)
  • A notebook being used as a drug ledger
  • Cell phone
  • Black semi-automatic pistol loaded with 23 unfired cartridges in the magazine
  • 908 grams of heroin
  • 839.15 grams of cocaine salt
  • 112.9 grams of cocaine base
  • 98.7 grams of cocaine salt
  • 97.5 grams of meth
  • 113.93 grams of cocaine base
  • Four separate amounts of a cutting agent used to dilute and increase the quantity of narcotics for sale -- including an 884.51 gram quantity of unknown purple powdered substance that tested positive for meth
  • 364.8 grams of marijuana
  • Black 9mm machine pistol and extended magazine with 10 unfired cartridges and suppressor
  • Box of 22 caliber long rifle cartridges
Mike's Place

Mike's Place

The complaint states that all of these items were indicative of a high-level, large-scale narcotics trafficking operation.

Maurice Cain was arrested outside Mike's Place after the search warrant was executed.

He was found to have had two sets of keys on his person -- one for the apartment unit -- along with three cell phones and $5,598.

Investigators spoke with the owner of the property, who indicated she leased the building to Mike Patton, and Cain lived in the apartment above the bar.

Mike's Place

Mike's Place

Mike's Place

Mike's Place

The complaint states that Cain told investigators he considered Patton to be "like a brother," and he described himself as the bar manager at Mike's Place. Cain indicated Patton rented the entire building.

Patton was popular in the area, and a father of seven. Police tell FOX6 News the investigation into Patton's murder is ongoing.

"It was a laid back place.  I never thought anything like this would happen to him. I hope they catch whoever done this," Matthew White said.

Mike's Place

Mike's Place

The complaint makes reference to a 1999 conviction for Cain for felony manufacture/deliver cocaine (less than five grams). He was sentenced to serve 11 years in prison.

Cain made his initial appearance in court in this case on October 29th. Probable cause was found for further proceedings in this case, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for November 4th.

Cash bond was set at $100,000.

If convicted, Cain could face up to nearly 150 years in prison.

8 comments

  • Metal Maniac

    They were protecting their quarter-million dollar stash with 2 itty bitty pistols and a 22?!?!!? A 22 is what you use to shoot squirrels, a 22 most the time cant even kill a possum or raccoon.

  • Nate Jr

    So with all the bull we heard from his family that Mike was a great guy now we learn he was running a very large drug ring out of the apartment above the bar.
    Mike got what most drug dealers deserve, death penalty from his partner. Mike’s death is not such a bad thing is it now??

  • moraima santiago

    leave the black community alone and focus on the Mexicans located on the 1320 west burnham Milwaukee wi 53204 El rey foodmart in this place they are distributing drugs to the locals drugs dealers the way there are selling the drugs within the packages of meat on the butcher’s department the people who buy the drugs they have to say a secret code to let them know about it with out engage this is a real story

  • Tommy

    Two drug dealers off the streets.Find the shooter and give him the money that was seezed for a job well done.

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