|10/28/2010 9:00:00 AM|
Reservation drug trafficking arrests continue
A dozen people allegedly involved in drug trafficking in Barron and Burnett counties were arrested by state and local drug agents Oct. 19.
Arrested were Eugene D. Songetay, 37, of Danbury, Louis R. Oiyotte, 27, of Webster, Kelvin J. Buskirk, 35, of Siren, Veronica L. Songetay, 43, of Danbury, Barbara E. Berthiaume, 51, of Webster, Renee L. Mosay, 40, of Rice Lake, Michelle L. Buskirk, 31, of Danbury, Rita L. Bearhart, 32, of Danbury, Courtney G. Oustigoff, 24, of Cumberland, Tyrone S. Awonohopay, 24, of Cumberland, and Joseph T. Long, 29, of Cumberland.
Bennie D. St. John, 51, of Minn., was arrested Oct. 20.
The defendants were allegedly involved in the delivery of cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Those arrested were booked into the Burnett County jail.
The joint investigation involved the state's Division of Criminal Investigation; the St. Croix, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal and Rice Lake police departments; the Northern Area Crime Unit; the Barron and Burnett county sheriff's departments; and the State Patrol.
"The results of this effort show what can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies come together and work as a multi-jurisdictional team," said Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen.
The arrests were part of the investigation that previously resulted in 24 convictions by the U.S. attorney's office.
The investigation is ongoing and is part of the Native American Drug and Gang Initiative.
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