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Suspects arrested in connection with heroin ring appear in court


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Three law enforcement agencies arrested nine people Tuesday in connection with a Northeast Wisconsin heroin ring.

Those agencies are the Green Bay Police Department, Brown County Sheriff's Department and the Brown County Drug Task Force.

However, police and prosecutors are not saying much about what's going on. Court documents have been sealed and kept secret.

Those nine suspects appeared in Brown County court Wednesday afternoon. At that time, formal charges were not filed, but prosecutors laid out their case.

“What I can say, on the record, is it is the largest heroin distribution conspiracy that our area has ever been able to identify at this time,” Asst. Brown Co. District Attorney Wendy Lemkuil told FOX 11.

Prosecutors say the drug operation has been going on for about a year. And they say there were multiple levels of involvement.

“What I can overall indicate is that Mr. Mahonie was responsible as the source and had direct involvement in 10 controlled buys,” said Lemkuil.

Jafari Mahonie of Chicago is the alleged ringleader, according to prosecutors. Mahonie had his bond set at $250,000 cash.

Samuel Fuss, also accused of involvement at a high level, is being held on a $150,000 cash bond.

“He has been identified in the second tier as one of the largest distributors in our area having received this source of supply from Mr. Mahonie on a regular basis,” Lemkuil told FOX 11.

Three others facing heroin charges did not appear in court Wednesday. Prosecutors would not say if they are part of the large operation.

The suspects are expected back later this month.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).