BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - The Brown County Sheriff's Department says four people arrested last week came from a ten-week investigation into a marijuana distribution organization.
Sheriff's deputies say one of the suspects would pick up packages delivered to various residences in Brown and Outagamie counties. All of those shipments came from San Francisco, California and were headquartered at a Howard home.
In a press release, authorities say the distribution of at least 1,000 pounds of marijuana took place over the past year. Investigators estimate its street value between $5 and $6 million.
Investigators say The U.S. Postal Service tipped them off about some suspicious packages in December.
Court documents say Verge Medina would pick up the packages and bring them back to his Howard home that he shared with his girlfriend Chelsea Cornette. Drug dealers would then swing by to pick up their shares of the product.
“We do believe there are other people involved and there are probably cells, if you will, operating in the same manner, even in this area – maybe other areas,” said Brown County Drug Task Force Lt. Dave Poteat. “But we believe it ties back to San Francisco, where the packages were originating.”
Poteat says the drugs were put in plastic bags and submerged in rubbing alcohol to try and mask the smell of the marijuana.
Investigators seized more than ten pounds of marijuana, 19 handguns and assault-style rifles guns, roughly 7,000 rounds of ammunition, and more than $130,000 in cash and other assets.
Authorities also seized more than $44,000 from bank and security deposit box accounts of Medina.
Medina, Cornette, Allan Murphy and Marshawn Mackontee are facing multiple drug charges after appearing in Brown County Court Tuesday afternoon.