Officers from Milwaukee Police Department District Three, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Heroin Task Force, and various other law enforcement partners recently seized a large quantity of heroin, other drugs, handguns, and cash that ended with the arrest and charges against a 46-year-old Milwaukee man. Law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two Milwaukee homes on January 29, one in the 2600 block of N. 60th Street and the other in the 5200 block of N. 44th Street. Between the two homes, officers seized nearly 3,000 grams of heroin, 23 grams of cocaine, and 421 grams of THC. Officers also seized more than $30,000 in cash and two loaded handguns. The street value of the heroin alone is in excess of $585,000.
“MPD relies on strong partnerships with various agencies to support narcotics enforcement opportunities,” said District Three Captain Jason Smith. “These drugs have an adverse impact on families, businesses, and public spaces – particularly on the District’s West Side– where they work to interdict a customer base from outside the city. The District’s field teams work closely with the community groups and businesses to identify suspicious activity and trafficking patterns.”
“I am grateful to the men and women of HIDTA, Wisconsin DOJ/ DCI, DEA, Milwaukee Police Department, the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit and the prosecutors who collaborated on what I hope will be a successful prosecution of a crime that is destroying our communities,” Attorney General Brad Schimel said. “Heroin and prescription opiate abuse remains Public Enemy No. 1.”
Milwaukee Common Council President Alderman Michael J. Murphy said, “The great investigative and professional work of the Milwaukee Police Department once again cracked an important case. It is clear that the scourge of heroin and opiates addiction is not diminishing, and the depth of the problem is highlighted by the fact that this bust occurred in an otherwise great and safe neighborhood, right on the border of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. The problem affects us all and we will only succeed in scaling back this crisis by working across disciplines and political boundaries.”
On February 3, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office charged 46-year-old Brinkley L. Bridges of Milwaukee with several crimes in relation to the two seizures. He is charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and three counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance. If convicted, Bridges could face more than 90 years in prison. You can read the entire criminal complaint here.