FOND DU LAC COUNTY -- Ten individuals are in custody, with 11 individuals charged in Fond du Lac County with various drug related offenses within Fond du Lac County and Winnebago County.
The following people are in custody:
- Allen Ferguson
- Jodi Hafermann
- Keana Cousin
- Nathan Ziegler
- Richard Ferguson
- Robert Olson
- Shequazia Robertson
- Travis Kind
- Wendy Scheel
The allegations state that approximately 7,000 grams (15.4 pounds) of heroin, with a street value of more than $1 million were distributed between March 2015 and February 2017.
"The quantities of heroin that we alleged to be involved in this investigation show that this was a significant source of drug trafficking into the City of Fond du Lac and our region in general," said William Lamb, Fond du Lac police chief.
Again, one of the suspects remains out of custody. She is Jody Wegener. Investigators hope the public can help find her -- and tie up this loose end.
This investigation began in August 2016 after the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office performed a traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of more than 100 grams of heroin. The investigation led to numerous additional arrests and the seizure of drugs and money. It was turned over to the MEG Unit and City of Fond du Lac Police Department. Throughout this investigation, more than 150 grams of heroin, seven grams of crack cocaine, firearms, and thousands of dollars in cash were seized.
"Witness interviews, informant interviews, sometimes undercover statements that defendants will make while we're doing undercover operations against them that are sort of telling us how much they are bringing in versus what we seize," said Brad Dunlap of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG).
Officials said the arrests amount to more than just a dent in the drugs trafficked from Chicago.
"One of the dealers claimed, again this is an allegation, that he had to reduce the amount he was buying because he couldn't sell it because people realized there was a shortness in supply, and began actually going to get help," said Dennis Krueger, Fond du Lac County deputy district attorney.
Heroin is often sold to users in .1 gram bindle increments, at a cost of $20 to $40. The heroin seized throughout this investigation represents approximately 1,500 bindles and has a street value of $30,000 to $60,000.