Multijurisdictional Interdiction
Posted on 08/10/2022
Date: 8/10/2022
Subject: Multijurisdictional Interdiction
Authority: Sergeant Brandon Hood

On August 9, 2022, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Washington County Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force, the Germantown Police Department, and the Hartford Police Department to conduct a focused patrol. The intention was to proactively locate criminal activity. A total of 75 traffic stops were made and 17 vehicles were searched based upon probable cause of criminal activity.

Washington County Sheriff Martin R. Schulteis said, “Most of this directed patrol operation took place on Interstate 41 which runs diagonally across all of Washington County. The peripheral crime associated with Interstate 41 and US 45 is something all of our full-time county law enforcement partners deal with on a concerning basis. The below snapshot of criminal activity illustrates the disturbing trend ranging from the apprehension of a dangerous homicide suspect to drug dealers bringing poison into our communities.”

The following is a summary of the major cases during the operation:

A Washington County deputy stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation. A passenger was removed from the vehicle after continually providing a false name. The driver of the vehicle then fled in the vehicle. Deputies pursued the vehicle for approximately 3.2 miles until the suspect came across deputies waiting to place tire deflation devices to stop the pursuit. The passenger was identified as a female from Milwaukee with an active arrest warrant for homicide. She was taken to jail on charges of obstructing, possession of cocaine, and possession drug paraphernalia. The driver, a Milwaukee woman, was taken into custody for charges of fleeing, possession of cocaine, possession of THC, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A Hartford police officer attempted to stop a female from Milwaukee. She failed to stop and a pursuit took place covering a distance of approximately 4.5 miles. She finally stopped when officers attempted to place tire deflation devices to end the pursuit. Eluding charges were requested.

A Washington County deputy stopped a vehicle displaying a stolen Wisconsin dealer license plate. The plate was confirmed to be stolen out of Milwaukee and it was seized.

Deputies initiated a traffic stop on vehicle. While stopping, the passenger threw an object out of the window, which was later discovered to be cocaine. Cocaine and THC were located during the subsequent search. A Cudahy man was responsible for the contraband and charges were requested.

A Washington County deputy stopped a vehicle for improper display of registration. A deputy observed an occupant of the vehicle concealing an item in the seat. A search was conducted and two men from Oshkosh were arrested. The first was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver narcotics. The second was arrested for bailjumping and possession of cocaine. Upon entry to the jail, more drugs were found on the second male. Additional charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine were requested.

A Washington County deputy stopped a vehicle for a lighting violation. A search yielded cocaine and a Slinger man was arrested for possession.

Deputies stopped a vehicle and conducted a probable cause search. Methamphetamine was located and a woman and male from Oshkosh were arrested for possession. The woman was later found to be in possession of fentanyl.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is thankful for the partnerships with our area police departments that allow these deployments to be successful.