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UPDATE: 11 charged by federal grand jury for Green Bay drug operation

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THURSDAY 9/12/2019 11:00 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Seven Green Bay area residents and four others have been charged by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

According to government records, the operation and charges are the culmination of a multi-year investigation that has resulted in the seizure of significant amounts of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, $130,000 in U.S. currency, vehicles, and at least 14 firearms.

One particular seizure involved approximately 480 grams of fentanyl that was intended to be sold by members of the conspiracy.

According to the Eastern District of Wisconsin U.S. Attorney’s Office, if convicted of the conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, the defendants face at least a minimum term of 10 years prison, and up to life. Convictions on the firearms and money laundering counts would expose the defendants to additional terms of incarceration.  

Names and Charges of Defendants

  • Ruben Ortiz, Jr., 36, Green Bay – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Money Laundering
  • Alejandro Lopez, 37, Green Bay – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession with intent to Distribute Cocaine; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Crime
  • Francisco Martinez, 38, Rochelle, Ill – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances
  • Hector M. Gomez-Salas, 31, Oklahoma – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances
  • Oscar Alonso, 45, Milwaukee – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession with intent to Distribute Cocaine; Possession with intent to Distribute Heroin
  • Gabiel Y. Bonilla, 37, Green Bay – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances
  • Cedric D. Cohen, 42, Green Bay – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession with intent to Distribute Cocaine; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Crime
  • Terry A. Johnson, 27, Green Bay – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession with intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine; Possession with intent to Distribute Heroin; Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Crime
  • Richard D. Guyette, 26, Green Bay – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession with intent to Distribute Fentanyl
  • James H. Parkinson, 46, Milwaukee – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Possession with intent to Distribute Cocaine; Possession with intent to Distribute Heroin
  • Stephanie M. Ortiz, 30, Green Bay – Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Money Laundering

ORIGINAL STORY: More than two dozen arrested in Brown County drug trafficking enterprise after two-year investigation

TUESDAY 6/18/2019 1:54 p.m.

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”.

The Brown County District Attorney's Office says Ruben Ortiz was the leader of a drug operation in the Green Bay Area…

Posted by WFRV Local 5 on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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.

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