GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) —
At least 29 people have been arrested in relation to a Green Bay area drug trafficking enterprise after a two year investigation by Brown County officials. The suspects made initial appearances in court Tuesday and Wednesday.
In a statement sent to Local 5, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department said agencies “are currently serving multiple search warrants in the metro Green Bay area, as part of a large scale investigation.”
The full statement from police:
“Local Brown County Law Enforcement Agencies, along with our partnering Native American Tribal, State and Federal Agencies, are currently serving multiple search warrants in the metro Green Bay area, as part of a large scale investigation. The case is ongoing, therefore we are unable to release more details at this time”. Upon conclusion of the ongoing case, a formal media information release with more details, will be scheduled in the coming weeks”.
Among those arrested was Ruben Ortiz, who appeared in court Wednesday, and has been referred to by officials as the leader of the alleged drug operation. Details surrounding the investigation are sparse, as the Brown County District Attorney’s Office has not publicly released the case’s probable cause statements. However, attorneys did discuss a few of their allegations against Ortiz Wednesday, accusing him of bringing large amounts of drugs to the area, money laundering, and using family members as co-conspirators.
In addition to Ortiz, four other individuals – Terry Johnson, Kendra Fish, Desmond Jordan, and Gabiel Bonilla – appeared in court Wednesday in relation to the case. All of them are scheduled to be back in court the first week of July.
The investigation remains ongoing, and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department says they’ll release more information in the coming weeks.