$1 million meth ring busted in Fond du Lac County, 3 wanted on warrants
FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Law enforcement in and around Fond du Lac County are charging 10 people in connection with a monumental methamphetamine and fentanyl ring.
District Attorney Eric Toney said seven of the defendants are in custody and three are wanted on warrants. The three suspects facing arrest were identified as Anthony Tynan, Jason Norton, and Dalton Wojkiewicz. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call their local police.
While Toney says the defendants are responsible for 100 pounds of meth this year, with an approximate street value of $1 million. Only three pounds was seized. Officers also seized 280 grams (about 10 ounces) of the powerful opioid fentanyl. The DEA says 2 milligrams (about 7/1000ths of an ounce) is a lethal dose.
Toney says that amount of fentanyl posed a far more dangerous situation for the people of the county.
“The fentanyl that was seized was enough to kill every resident in Fond du Lac County as well as thousands more with a population of approximately 104,000 people,” Toney said.
Most of the defendants are from the greater Fond du Lac area, but one of the defendants, Melvin Kemp, the suspected ringleader, is from just outside of Detroit. He’s among the 7 suspects in custody.
The bust was months in the making, beginning with rumors of drug sales at an address in Fond du Lac in January. The investigation didn’t take off until one of the co-conspirators become an informant.
Authorities say another defendant was instrumental in the case. She claims she was a runner for Kemp. She said Kemp would bring a large amount of meth to Fond du Lac and front the drugs to dealers and collect the money after the sale.
Another informant, who remained anonymous, told police he received about 40 ounces of meth to sell from Kemp and some of his workers in 20 separate transactions.
“Investigations into criminal conspiracy networks suspected to be involved in trafficking of dangerous drugs has been among the greatest of priorities for the City of Fond du Lac Police Department and Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office,” Fond du Lac Police Chief Aaron Goldstein said.
Confidential informants helped identify members of the conspiracy and their roles and help coordinate efforts for officers to seize drugs and make arrests. One CI said money was paid to Kemp through cash apps and through the mail. From there, all the walls came tumbling down.
“This is another example of a case that grew to this level out of the hard work of a patrol level -- in this case, sheriff’s deputy doing his thing out on the highways, out on the streets, gathering intelligence and then passing that intelligence and that information on to our MEG unit, who grew this case into the size and magnitude that it is,” Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt said.
If convicted of conspiracy to deliver meth and other charges, the defendants face a possible sentence of 40 years in prison.
The suspects were identified as:
- Melvin Kemp, in custody, $500,000 bond
- Julie Kurczek, in custody, $250,000 bond
- Samantha Nett, in custody, $250,000 bond
- Jason Norton, Active Warrant
- Kyla Ott, in custody, $250,000 bond
- Dalton Wojkiewicz, Active Warrant
- Joshua Kerns, in custody, $200,000 bond
- Anthony Tynan, Active Warrant
- Eugene Jackson, in custody, $100,000 bond
- Taylor Retzleff, in custody, $250,000 bond
Toney says the investigation is ongoing and more people could be charged.
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JEREMIAH WINSCHER / LAKE WINNEBAGO METROPOLITAN ENFORCEMENT GROUP PROJECT DIRECTOR:
“It isn’t any one entity that can investigate substantial drug trafficking organizations like this, and without inter-agency cooperation with local, state and federal officials, a case like this isn’t possible,” Lake Winnebago Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) project director Jeremiah Winscher said.
The investigation was a collaboration between the DEA, DCI-LWAM, Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, City of Fond du Lac Police Department, and Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office.
“The Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group – Drug Unit remains diligent in positively impacting public safety throughout the Fox Valley,” Winscher said. “This joint investigation between LWAM, the City of Fond du Lac Police Department, Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, DEA – Green Bay Resident Office, the WI DOJ - Division of Criminal Investigation as well as the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office showcases law enforcement’s commitment in working together to hold offenders who chose to distribute dangerous drugs within our communities responsible for their criminal actions.”
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