24 charged with drug trafficking, gun offenses in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Twenty-four people associated with a violent drug trafficking gang operating in a northeast Milwaukee neighborhood are facing federal charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

Hundreds of federal, state and local officers executed search warrants Tuesday and rounded up 17 of the defendants. The remaining defendants remained at large Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said.

Officers recovered 53 firearms, including military assault-style weapons, 900 grams of heroin, more than 150 grams of a drug mixture that contained fentanyl, along with cocaine, marijuana and $300,000 in cash.

At a news conference Wednesday, federal and local officials said gang was known as the Buffum Meinecke Boys, named for some of the streets in their neighborhood.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Hughes said formerly rival gangs are forming alliances to “enhance profits from the sale of heroin on the streets of Milwaukee.”

The defendants were charged based on a joint investigation by officers from the FBI’s Southeastern Wisconsin Gang Task Force, the Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigative unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration.